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After some extended discussion it appears that the filesystem may corrupted. As an example, rm -rf fails - as root - on a normal tree of files. After unmounting the filesystem, fsck identified it as NTFS. Frustratingly I have seen NTFS fail on other Linux-based platforms under the heavy loads incurred from rsnapshot. There's nothing sufficiently repeatable ...


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This original advice applies only to Debian-based distributions: The two crontab segments you've shown are not the same crontab. So your jobs are running twice (once from /etc/cron.d/rsnapshot and once from crontab -l). Remove one set, for example with sudo crontab -r, and it'll start working properly. The next suggestion is to ensure that sync_first is ...



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