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Re: [rdiff-backup-users] Fatal Error: Bad directory

From: Dominic Raferd
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] Fatal Error: Bad directory
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:12:40 +0000
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  1. Does the backup which causes the problem come from a source which already has a subdirectory called 'rdiff-backup-data'? This is a special-purpose directory for rdiff-backup so there might be problems if it already exists on the source.
  2. Are both backup destination locations on the same filesystem?
  3. For the backup giving the error message, does the user on the destination machine have full permissions to create/modify any files/directories at the destination location?


On 28/01/14 15:28, mmosteller wrote:
First off, this is all done on Ubuntu server 12.04.

I run two backups from one machine (to keep backups/restores neat) and only one of them gives the Bad directory / "It doesn't appear to be an rdiff-backup destination dir" error. The backups are going from a VM to a hdd on the host server via a network/ssh connection, which works just fine. Using -l remotely and locally (on the host server) works the same, error with one and a listing with the other. Both backups place files just fine and the one with problems creates multiple files with correct time-stamps. As stated above, the second backup can restore and list it's backups perfectly which is what is really confusing me. The backup scripts are also identical except for the globbing file list.

The only errors that show up in my log are the "Unable to import win32security module. Windows ACLs not supported by filesystem at <some directories>" ones. I have been assuming that since both servers are Ubuntu and that the one backup works fine that these can be ignored.


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