broken pipe

Matt McCutchen matt at
Tue Feb 19 19:10:00 GMT 2008

On Tue, 2008-02-19 at 14:03 -0500, Robert DuToit wrote:
>    I have a client and we are trying to create a backup for several  
> folders on OSX 10.4.11 with rsync 3.0.0pre9. One folder copies fine  
> but the other three generate this error and I am stumped.
> using:
>   rsync -aHAX --fileflags --crtimes -v
> we get;
> sending incremental file list
> rsync: writefd_unbuffered failed to write 82 bytes [generator]: Broken  
> pipe (32)
> rsync error: error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at  
> io.c(1500) [generator=3.0.0pre9]

This means the sender process (to which the generator is writing via the
pipe in question) exited unexpectedly.  Look for an error message from
the sender or an indication that it crashed (e.g., "Bus error").  Also,
you might try adding some more -v options.


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