I need to run a cron with rsync. I wrote a batch script, That is my script:

START C:\cygwin64\bin\rsync.exe -v -rlt -z -p --update --delete  --progress --log-file=/home/Administrator/rsynclogs/Invoices.log  "/cygdrive/y/folderA//" "/cygdrive/e/folderB//"

When I run the script from command prompt, a new command prompt gets open and the script get's executed correctly. When I run it from task scheduler I get this error:

2019/03/11 10:40:07 [6000] building file list
2019/03/11 10:40:07 [6000] rsync: change_dir "/cygdrive/y/folderA/" failed: No such file or directory (2)
2019/03/11 10:40:07 [6000] sent 20 bytes  received 12 bytes  64.00 bytes/sec
2019/03/11 10:40:07 [6000] total size is 0  speedup is 0.00
2019/03/11 10:40:07 [6000] rsync error: some files/attrs were not transferred (see previous errors) (code 23) at main.c(1196) [sender=3.1.2]

What can be the problem? Please don't tell me to install cron with cygwin, at this point I want to try and fix it without it.


I think you need to use rsync together with bash in order to have access to /path/to/somewhere type of files. In CMD, you can only use paths like C:\to\somewhere etc.

So to solve the problem, you can try this in your script:

start C:\cygwin64\bin\bash.exe -c '/bin/rsync.exe ...'  

A simple test:

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  • The commend doesn't pass trough. Tried from cmd as well. – matisa Mar 11 at 10:33
  • @matisa It should work. Please check screenshot I added to answer. – David Dai Mar 12 at 1:59
  • Ok, not work in bash - still the same error. In bout cases I get the error only when I run it from task scheduler. – matisa Mar 14 at 17:59

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