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This is happening to me:

$ rsync -av ./foo ./bar $DEST
sending incremental file list
directory has vanished: "/path/to/foo"

foo exists and is regular a regular dir, and rsync -av ./foo $DEST works, same for bar.

Is "directory has vanished" just how rsync tells me that it doesn't know how to work with multiple sources? Or am I importantly misinterpretting the (long) man page?

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What is the value of $DEST? –  Kyle Jones Apr 8 '12 at 2:14
    
user@dest.com:dest and /tmp/dest give the same result. (With and without trailing slash.) –  quodlibetor Apr 8 '12 at 3:38
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This happens at times where the directory is busy, such as another script is accessing the file during the transfer.

As in using BackupPC trying to live migrate in a virtual environment i.e.:

directory has vanished: "/var/lib/vz/private/210/var/lib/backuppc/pc/xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/1/f%2f/fusr/fshare/fyum-cli"
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That may well be one case where this error occurs, but it's a common error with a zillion possible causes. –  dg99 Dec 11 '13 at 18:16
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