[CentOS] Another Tar stopper

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Tue Sep 12 20:10:23 UTC 2006

Les Mikesell wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-09-12 at 12:48 -0400, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
>>> Tar shouldn't have stopped regardless of complaints about files that
>>> are unreadable or disappear.  If you are sure it isn't completing
>>> try running it with 'strace' and look at the system errors when
>>> it dies.
>> Sounds reasonable.  Had to lookup up strace.
>> So I would run:
>> starce -o /tmp/strace.log tar -cpvzO / --exclude-from=/home/not-file 
>> 2>/tmp/tarlog.err | ssh user at ipaddrs "cat > backup.tgz"
> Spell it right..  But I think I'd try to narrow down the set of files
> that make tar stop before you think it should and do something simple
> like:
> strace tar cf /dev/null file1 file2 file3
> and look at the return values on the system calls affecting these
> files.   But, my first guess is that your excludes aren't working
> the way you expect and you are wandering into /proc.
I will have to study this a bit.  And I checked my tarlog.err file and 
no /proc entries.

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