Self-update (Windows) started failing after release of 0.15

We use restic on a set of Windows servers, running daily automatic updates using self-update.

Since the release of 0.15, the previous version (on all servers) stopped working.

We do restic self-update --output restic-next.exe and it suddenly fails everywhere with:

writing restic to C:\Path\To\Restic\restic-next.exe
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Fatal: unable to update restic: unable to rename target file: rename C:\Path\To\Restic\restic-next.exe C:\Path\To\Restic\restic-next.exe.bak: The system cannot find the file specified.

Any help hightly appreciated.

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Additional information:

I can constanly reproduce it even locally on my Windows 10 machine:

Create an empty folder and fetch 14.0:
curl -Ls --output

Extract to restic.exe
Then run restic self-update --output restic-next.exe

Note: it working using 12.1. So do the same as above, but download 12.1 instead, and everything works. So combo 14.0 upgrading to 15.0 seem to be the problem.

i can reproduce.

after the failure, there is a new file in dir named restic3666372939

cmd /c restic3666372939 version
restic 0.15.0 compiled with go1.19.5 on windows/amd64

As a workaround you could create an empty file with name restic-next.exe, afterwards restic self-upgrade --output restic-next.exe should work.

The restic3666372939 file will work after renaming it to restic.exe. It is only the final rename operation which is missing.

Should be fixed self-upgrade: Fix handling of `--output` on windows by MichaelEischer · Pull Request #4163 · restic/restic · GitHub


Thanks @MichaelEischer for the help.

The suggested workaround worked when I tested it. We can adopt that I think.
I comes with a side-effect that it leaves a restic-next.exe.bak behind (a copy of the dummy file), but it’s not a real problem.


I was receiving this error:

Fatal: unable to update restic: unable to remove target file: remove C:\Users\Rafael\go\bin\restic.exe: Access is denied.

I updated it manually, now its fine…

Anyway, rclone also have a selfupdate option, it may work take a look?

I never had problem on windows using it…

From which version did you update? On Windows, self-updating in place only works starting from restic 0.14.0.

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I think I was on 0.13.1, if so, that explains :wink: