On Thursday 29 January 2009 01:00:34 David C. Rankin wrote:
Bob Williams wrote:
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
0755 -p /media/VirtualMachines/Snapshots/daily.0/
[28/Jan/2009:18:00:01] /usr/bin/rsync -a --delete --numeric-ids
[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
[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
Do df -h
[23:02 barrowhillfarm~] #df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2 5.0G 1.1G 3.6G 24% /
udev 2.0G 252K 2.0G 1% /dev
/dev/sda1 99M 16M 79M 17% /boot
/dev/md0 917G 519G 352G 60% /home
/dev/sda7 9.9G 233M 9.2G 3% /tmp
/dev/sda5 9.9G 4.2G 5.3G 45% /usr
/dev/sda6 9.9G 429M 9.0G 5% /var
/dev/sda8 440G 320G 98G 77% /castor
/dev/sda9 440G 312G 106G 75% /pollux
/dev/sdj1 459G 135G 302G 31% /media/VirtualMachines
I bet you have filled up your root partition up.
Then do a:
I don't think the root partition comes into it. Mine's only 5G, with 76%
du -hcs on /var/backup/snapshot
You will find where all your disc space went.
What happens is the default location for the backups
/var/backup/snapshot is on the / root partition which is generally
limited to 20G on opensuse. So one backup with a vmware or virtualbox
image in your home folder pretty much fills it up.
To solve this, just move the backup location to your /home partition.
I keep mine at /home/backup/snapshots. Just to (as root)
My snapshot folder is on an external drive, mounted
at /media/VirtualMachines. This is a 500G drive, with 366G free.
BTW, why backup to the same partition as the source files? Lose the
source, you also lose the backup.
David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.
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