I am trying to do a backup from Linux to USB Pen Drive with rsync each day and I take home the Pen Drive at night. I am running the following command but it looks like its update every file every day?

rsync -y -r -vv ~/Documents/ /media/PenDrive/xxxx-home/

Can someone please tell me if this can be done better I used to just tar of my ~/Documents and cp the file to my Pen Drive but my SA said this would be better but I dont think it is..

and sometimes I am getting this message

rsync error: some files/attrs were not transferred (see previous errors) (code 23) at main.c(1039) [sender=3.0.6]

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  • What format is the filesystem on the pen drive? If it is NTFS then rsync will fail to copy the rights from ext2/3/4. That will cause errors unless you tell rsync not to attempt that. --- Also try --modify-window=1 (For the logic behind that, see ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=820425) – Hennes Jan 24 '13 at 13:59
  • format is msdos so it can be used on windows and my mac.. Can you please tell me how to make it not come the rights – user150591 Jan 24 '13 at 14:04
  • Posted as an answer. Please check if it works and read this sites FAQ. (You probably wanted to post to superuser, not to SF). – Hennes Jan 24 '13 at 14:10
  • what do you think about rsync -rltDvu --modify-window=1 --progress --delete ~/Documents/ /media/PenDrive/uftwf-home/ – user150591 Jan 24 '13 at 14:12

rsync --modify-window 1 -a --no-o --no-p --no-g ~/Documents/ /media/PenDrive/uftwf-home/

--modify-window 1 because fat "represents times with a 2-second resolution"
--no-o because vfat does not support owners
--no-g because vfat does not support groups
--no-p because vfat does not support permissions
  • what do you think about rsync -rltDvu --modify-window=1 --progress --delete ~/Documents/ /media/PenDrive/xxxx-home/ – user150591 Jan 24 '13 at 14:11
  • --progress is a cosmetic choice. --delete is a personal choice. -r and other values can be used. I just specified the flag which solve the problem. If you want to add more options that that should not be a problem. – Hennes Jan 24 '13 at 14:13
  • do I need -a option? – user150591 Jan 24 '13 at 14:15
  • I had to use --modify-window 2, but otherwise thanks – Steven Penny May 20 '15 at 3:30

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