[CentOS] BackupPC and rsync

Emmett Culley emmett at webengineer.com
Wed Sep 26 03:33:38 UTC 2012

I have been using BackupPC via rsync daemons on the target machines and all has been working well.  At least until about the time rsync went to version 3.0.6.

Since then backups have been failing for some targets.  The failure is a TCP ZeroWindow issue.  It looks like the server rsync process cannot empty it's buffer soon enough and eventually the process fails.

I really do not know if it is rsync version related, because I never looked at the packet stream until I started having failures.

BackupPC was running on a VM host and the failing machine was one of the guest VMs. I tried upgrading rsync to 3.0.9 and that didn't help.

So I moved the BackupPC set up to a different server (no VM).  Not all backups are working. though I still see some ZeroWindow packets along with a few retransmision packets.  But the backup completes on all machines, including the VM that was failing before.

I've googled rsync zerowindow and found some references, but none seemed to apply to my situation.

Anybody else having a similar experience?


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