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Re: [rdiff-backup-users] How to cope with missing 'rdiff-backup-data' in

From: Dominic Raferd
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] How to cope with missing 'rdiff-backup-data' in destination directory
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:52:32 +0000

The message I see in the same situation is:

Fatal Error: Destination directory
exists, but does not look like a rdiff-backup directory.  Running
rdiff-backup like this could mess up what is currently in it.  If you
want to update or overwrite it, run rdiff-backup with the --force
Fatal Error: Lost connection to the remote system

If you do as it suggests and run rdiff-backup with --force option, it should complete successfully and convert the destination directory in an rdiff-backup repository.


On 18 January 2016 at 08:15, R. Diez <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi all:

I have a big set of backup files on a slow USB drive (my Linux laptop only has USB 2.0 ports). In order to quickly update the backup, I have been using rsync in "look only at modification time" mode.

Now I wish to switch to rdiff-backup. The destination directory already contains an exact copy of the source directory, but is missing the 'rdiff-backup-data' directory, so I am getting error "Bad directory /home/rdiez/blah/blah. It doesn't appear to be an rdiff-backup destination dir".

I don't want to copy all files again, as it would take hours. Is there a way to tell rdiff-backup to regenerate the 'rdiff-backup-data' directory?

By the way, this is the little wrapper script that I am using:


Thanks in advance,

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