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Can someone give me a hand as to why my rsync command isn't working? I can't figure out what's wrong

#! /bin/bash


$RSYNC -avvvz -H --numeric-ids -e $SSH -i $KEY -p $PORT $RUSER@$RHOST:$RPATH $LPATH --delete

All I keep getting is the following error:

rsync: link_stat "/backup/Friday.tar.bz2" failed: No such file or directory (2)
rsync error: some files/attrs were not transferred (see previous errors) (code 23) at main.c(1518) [Receiver=3.0.9]

EDIT: here is the output of ls /backup-test

ls -al /backup-test/
total 2402976
drwxr-xr-x.  2 root root       4096 May 17 12:27 ./
dr-xr-xr-x. 25 root root       4096 May 17 11:37 ../
-rw-r--r--.  1 root root 2460634814 May 17 12:58 Friday.tar.bz2

EDIT2: In case it helps, here is the tar script to originally create the archive

tar -cjvf /backuptest/archive/$(date '+%A').tar.bz2 /backup --overwrite
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Could /backup/Friday.tar.bz2 be a symlink to something that doesn't exist? – Flup May 17 '13 at 14:38
Where are your quotes? – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams May 17 '13 at 14:40
What quotes Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams? Do you mean around the source? I have tried with and without - same result – kaipee May 17 '13 at 14:44
rsync: link_stat "/backup/Friday.tar.bz2" is not the same as ls -al /backup-test/ -- make sure your production/development names wind up checking out. I've made this kind of mistake a bunch of times. I notice it, and mention it because your output from your script doesn't match the posted script. – dougBTV May 17 '13 at 14:46
Thanks dougBTV I just noticed that too. The thing is, my script clearly says to connect to {host}:/backup-test .... but rsync is trying to download from /backup/ ?? Maybe it doesn't like directories with hyphen? – kaipee May 17 '13 at 14:50
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Test with Directly Rsync, without Bashscript?

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Turns out my .bashrc alias was pointing to an older script in a different directory (ooops) - I have updated and the rsync is no connected....but bringing up a different error – kaipee May 17 '13 at 15:19

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