Help with Partial Transfer Error?

Stephen Anderson stephena at
Thu Jun 24 20:16:48 GMT 2004

Thank you for the suggestions!  Rsync had worked for two other backups I had tried 
so I was at a loss for what would be different with this one.  I took your advice and 
tried just a single file.  I was unable to transfer it.  I tried renaming then moving it, 
still unable to transfer.  The symptoms got really weird.  Finally, I tracked it down to 
a permission problem.  The cache file directories had been created automatically by 
spambayes and for some reason they had permissions which my rsync user couldn't 

I would have never gotten to that point without your kick in the pants.  Thanks!


On 23 Jun 2004 at 17:33, root wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 23, 2004 at 02:30:49PM -0700, Stephen Anderson wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > I'm fairly new to rsync so please bear with me.  I'm trying to use
> > cwRsync to sync my spambayes installation between my laptop and home
> > computer, both running WinXP.  I have configured rsync servers
> > (cwrsync) on both machines.
> > 
> > Now, I am trying to pull the files from the laptop rsync server down
> > to the home computer and I'm encountering the error:
> > 
> > rsync error: some files could not be transferred (code 23) at
> > main.c(1048)
> > 
> > I checked to see what did and did not transfer.  All of the spambayes
> > "cache" files fail to transfer while the .db dbm files transfer fine.
> >  Each of these cache files is a text record of a raw email stream. 
> > The files have names like "1088009747-2".
> > 
> > I looked in the source at 1048, and in error.h but all I could
> > determine was that a partial file transfer error occured; just what
> > it told me!
> > 
> > My gut feeling is that it's having trouble creating the files with no
> > extension.  Can anybody help me find a way to work around this? 
> > Thanks for your time!
> ... and the actual command line producing this error is...?
> Have you tried narrowing it down by transferring only a single file?
> Do transfers work in the other direction?  How about with the same
> files?
> These are questions you should be asking yourself.  If you already
> have, then you should report your results.  It seems you may have some
> more work to do before you have enough information.
>   -chris
> > 
> > Regards,
> > Steve
> > 
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