[2.5.6] File table overflow

jp at pour.midcoast.com jp at pour.midcoast.com
Sat Mar 1 04:41:59 EST 2003

I've seen this happen if you are backing up something while files are
being very volatile. E.G. If you backup / and exclude nothing, and after
the file list is built and before you backup certain files in a busy queue
under /var/spool/postfix/, those files could be gone before your backup
gets around to them. Then you'll get a code 23 message saying some files
could not be transferred.  In this case, exclude /var/spool/postfix from
your backup and you'll be fine.


> Hi,
> on my linux box (2.4.21-pre4-ac4)
> I've used rsync to mirror a rather large /usr/local tree (4 Gb)
> After transmission of many files I get the error message
> rsync error: some files could not be transferred (code 23) at main.c(1045)
> According to /usr/include/asm/errno.h the code 23 says
> File table overflow
> What can I do about that?
> Many thanks for a hint,
> Helmut Jarausch
> Lehrstuhl fuer Numerische Mathematik
> Aachen University
> D 52056 Aachen, Germany
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