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I'm trying to backup /etc/ directory on CentOS 5.2 using BackupPC. It takes several hours and then aborted by signal ALRM. There is a partial backup created with all data from /etc But BackupPC thinks the backup is failed and always starts doing full backup again.

If I try to run rsync manually from the backup server it works flawlessly and finishes in about 5-10 seconds.

I have additional server with several GB of data I'm backing up and it works without a problem.

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How do you do the backup when doing it automatically? What script is run, where does the output go, what does the output say? – Jenny D Mar 11 '13 at 10:42
I'm unfamiliar with BackupPC, but check for any special files (e.g. sockets), symlink loops, or links to dirs outside of /etc: ls -lad `find -L /etc \! \( -type f -or -type d \)` – depquid Mar 18 '13 at 18:08
@KianTern were you able to solve, I'm having the same error – intelis Dec 19 '15 at 0:03

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