error in rsync protocol data stream

Lee Eakin Leakin at
Thu Feb 12 21:00:05 GMT 2004

Is your USB disk a usb-1 device?  I got various errors due to the slow
access times over usb-1 (not rsync's problem).  I was able to reduce the
number of errors using the --bwlimit option to slow down rsync so the
device could keep up better.  I've had no problems since I upgraded to

> Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 14:14:12 -0500
> From: Ray Lischner < at>
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> Subject: Re: error in rsync protocol data stream
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> On Thursday 12 February 2004 12:44 pm, Ray Lischner wrote:
> > I am trying to backup an entire disk to a USB-mounted disk, for backup
> > purposes. Many files are copied, but eventually rsync dies:
> I tried it again, and this time it fails at a different point and with a
> different error:
> $ rsync -axHSv --delete /backup /media/sda1
> ...
> rsync: writefd_unbuffered failed to write 32768 bytes: phase "unknown":
> No buffer space available
> rsync error: error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at io.c(666)
> As I mentioned in my previous post, the system has 192MB RAM, 400MB
> swap. The file system I am trying to copy takes up about 15GB.
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> Ray Lischner, author of C++ in a Nutshell
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