code 12 error when specifying files

Matt McCutchen hashproduct+rsync at
Wed Aug 2 21:54:14 GMT 2006

On 8/2/06, Erik Jacobs <erik.jacobs at> wrote:
> We have a file structure on our servers which involves a folder that contains  hundreds of info files about particular things that all look like this format:  .a.b.c(.old/.new)
> But if I choose a wildcard which contains a  LOT of files:
> rsync user at node::filefolder/.7.*
> I get error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12)
> What I don't understand is why using the wildcard creates this  problem.

The problem in all of these cases is probably that the shell on your
local machine is expanding the wildcard.  If you add "echo" at the
beginning of the command line, you will see the exact arguments that
are being given to the rsync daemon.  Consider using filters instead
to select the files you want, like this:
        rsync --include=".7.*" --exclude="*" user at node::filefolder


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