transfer interrupted (code20)

Michael P. Carel mikecarel at
Thu Nov 15 12:42:53 EST 2001

I'm using RedHat 6.1 and the latest rsync rpm package. I've adding or
incresing its verbosity by having a triple v :

rsync -acvvv --progress --stats --timeout=0 host::shared  path

It does start downloading the file and succcessfully completed. Any idea why
should i need to put a trple v instead of just a single v?


Michael P. Carel
Systems Administrator

FTI Taguig Metro, Manila. PHIL.
Tel. Nos.  (02) 838-50-05 local 363
               (02) 838-84-38 direct
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Dykstra" <dwd at>
To: "Michael P. Carel" <mikecarel at>
Cc: <rsync at>
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2001 10:52 PM
Subject: Re: transfer interrupted (code20)

> On Wed, Nov 14, 2001 at 11:05:55AM +0800, Michael P. Carel wrote:
> ...
> > Hi,
> >
> > Im trying now to implement my mail server mirror but as i look at the
> > of the mail server i used to mirror i see this type of log "transfer
> > interrupted (code20) at rsync.c(229)." and it the remote who's
> > the mail server does not transferring file and got stocked in "recieving
> > file list".
> > I've tried transffering other path and it works fine but in the users
> > directory im recieving this error. I have alot of users in my mail
> >
> > What seems to be the problem?
> I'm sorry, but that kind of problem is rather difficult to make a guess at
> remotely if we can't repeat the problem.  Perhaps it might help if you
> us your rsync version and operating system on both sides, but that
> won't be enough.  You're going to have to do some further debugging
> yourself.  Try narrowing it down to the smallest repeatable operation you
> can do to get the error message, and then use a system call tracer, a
> debugger, or added print statements in the code to try to focus in on the
> problem.  In general transfer interrupted just means that a connection
> dropped prematurely for some unknown reason.
> - Dave Dykstra

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