How Can I Clean Up Files That Don't Exist?

Norberto Meijome freebsd at
Wed Jun 29 04:30:44 GMT 2005

Drew Tomlinson wrote:
> I used the following tar command to copy a file hierarchy:
> tar cfp - -C /home . | tar xfpv - .
> However when I hit user maildirs, many files get copied but I also get a 
> lot of errors such as these:
> ./<user>/Maildir/.Trash/cur/,S 
> tar: 
> ./<user>/Maildir/.Trash/cur/\:2,S: 
> Cannot open: No such file or directory

I've seen this happen many times, not related to one particular app, but 
always with temporary filenames / very transient filenames ( 
/proc/<PID>/, etc). I dont' know for sure, but I would say that there's 
a short lag between tar getting the list of files to process and 
actually working on them. By the time it gets to them, they are gone.

If you need to get a snapshot of a filesystem in a coherent form you 
need to make sure it doesnt change from under you - check the snapshot 
functionality in 5.x, or go single user or stop those processes creating 
temp files, which may not be an option. I suggest u ignore those messages.


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