For the past few months, I've been using Rsnapshot to to do backups
of /home and /etc to an external hard drive. It's worked well.
However, this week, it's started thrashing the hard drive, and appears to
be making a 50GB backup (that's the size of the source, so an incremental
backup will be much less) go on and on. When the 500GB target drive is
half full, I intervene and kill the rsync process.
Below is part of the logfile from this evening, but it's not very
Can anyone suggest where I should look, please?
[28/Jan/2009:18:00:01] /usr/bin/rsnapshot daily: started
[28/Jan/2009:18:00:01] echo 12893 > /var/run/rsnapshot.pid
mv /media/VirtualMachines/Snapshots/daily.0/ /media/VirtualMachines/Snapshots/daily.1/
[28/Jan/2009:18:00:01] mkdir -m
0755 -p /media/VirtualMachines/Snapshots/daily.0/
[28/Jan/2009:18:00:01] /usr/bin/rsync -a --delete --numeric-ids --relative
[28/Jan/2009:20:12:14] /usr/bin/rsnapshot daily: ERROR: /usr/bin/rsync
returned 20 while processing /home/
[28/Jan/2009:20:12:14] /etc/ skipped due to rollback plan
[28/Jan/2009:20:12:14] /usr/share/fonts/ skipped due to rollback plan
[28/Jan/2009:20:12:14] Rolling back "localhost/"
[28/Jan/2009:20:12:14] /bin/rm -rf /media/VirtualMachines/Snapshots/daily.0/localhost/
[28/Jan/2009:20:12:22] /usr/bin/rsnapshot daily: ERROR: rsnapshot was sent
TERM signal... cleaning up
[28/Jan/2009:20:12:22] rm -f /var/run/rsnapshot.pid
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