rsync Digest, Vol 10, Issue 14

Robert Cross Robert.Cross at
Sun Oct 26 12:35:22 EST 2003

jw schultz wrote:
On Mon, Oct 20, 2003 at 12:11:59PM +0100, Robert Cross wrote:
> Abstract: Looking for technical assistance with rsync version 2.5.6
> protocol 26 on AIX.
> Trying to use rsync (version 2.5.6) to sync two AIX-based systems the
> day, and a couple of the filesystems (7 out of 18 in total) gave the
> following error message:
>       rsync: writefd_unbuffered failed to write 32768 bytes: phase
> "unknown": Broken pipe
>       rsync error: error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at
> io.c(515)
> Typical command used was:
>       rsync --archive --whole-file --one-file-system /sapdb/SP1/data6
> sap06:/sapdb/SP2 2>> $logfile
> and the network interface being used was Gigabit Ethernet, the disk in
> cases being hosted on an SAN system. So there's plenty of disk and LAN
> capacity.
> I've Googled for this problem, and the only references I can find for it,
> seem to imply either LAN/IP-stack problems or problems with the source
> data. I've got a problem believing either of these since:
> a. I managed to send the failing file systems quite successfully using
> standard "rcp" (remote copy) command. In fact rcp was twice as fast as
> rsync (23MB/s+ v's 10-11MB/s) which I'm worried about.
> b. No other problems noted with intersystem comms or these filesystems.
> c. Other file systems which worked fine with rsync contained more data -
> and were therefore larger - than some of the failing ones, so it's not a
> file system size issue.
> At the time I tried playing with some of the rsync parameters, dropping
> --whole-file and adding --partial, with no success. Oh, and I'm not using
> an rsync server/daemon nor ssh.
> I've now done some more digging and all the filesystems that failed to
> contain one or more files that are larger than 2GB in size. So it looks
> me like the latest version, on AIX at least, isn't large file
> enabled/aware.

It is provided it is built correctly.  There were some
issues with mkstemp for which, as i understand it, there is
a patch.  This was covered on the list some months ago.

> If anyone's got any flashes of inspiration on either the large file
> "problem", or the lack of performance, I'd be really
> interested/grateful....
> Regards
> Bob Cross.

Yes, that'll teach me to be lazy and not build myself, (I used someone
else's prebuild package). This time I
made sure that --with-largefile was in. Retested and this seems to work
fine, although the performance is still
pretty shocking when compared to rcp. Maybe it's just this in my
circumstances, (sending data to a new filesystem),
rsync isn't the best tool for the job, but for keeping the two copies of
the data in sync it'd be better.

Bob Cross.

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