Error in running rsync through cron

Srinivas Kotapally ksrinivas at
Tue Mar 14 14:24:58 GMT 2006

Hi all
I am having trouble running an rsync script using cron.  When I run these
commands from the command line, they run fine.  I have upgraded the rsync
version to the latest one (2.6.7) on both the source and backup machines,
but am still getting these errors.  Can you please advise?
Here is the script:
rsync --blocking-io
--exclude-from=/home/backups/rsync/attachments-exclude.lst --delete -ave ssh
myuser at source_server:/var/attachments/
/backups/var/varattachments/var/attachments/ | mail -s "`hostname`: rsync of
/var/attachments/ from source_server done for `date '+ %m/%d/%Y'`" backups

Here is the cron message that is sent out... 

Read from remote host source_host: Connection reset by peer

rsync: connection unexpectedly closed (1879176 bytes received so far)

rsync error: error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at io.c(359)

rsync: writefd_unbuffered failed to write 4 bytes: phase "unknown"
[generator]: Broken pipe (32)

rsync error: error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at io.c(909)

These errors are not consistent... I mean on one day... it gets 


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