Problem with large number of files and --delete

Tom Walsh slim at
Thu Jul 3 08:29:04 EST 2003

I have encountered an interesting problem when trying to move over a mail
store last night...

I tried to rsync our mail store from our old mail server to the new mail
store... minimal changes to the data since I had rsynced it not 3 hours
before... The mailstore in total is 14GB total.

Here is what I am using:

/usr/local/bin/rsync --verbose --progress --stats --compress --rsh=/usr/bin/
"slogin -l root -o
Compression=yes" --recursive --times --links --perms --owner --group --delet

And after it counts the files... I get the following:

receiving file list ...
2022175 files to consider
ERROR: out of memory in make_file
rsync error: error allocating core memory buffers (code 22) at util.c(115)

The client ( is running rsync 2.5.6 under Freebsd 4.2.
The server (the nfsstore) is running rsync 2.5.6 under Freebsd 4.8.

This only occurs when I add the --delete to the above line... if I omit
the --delete, it runs fine.

Is this possibly a ulimit problem?

Tom Walsh

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