Max files/buffer overflow

Petcher, Daniel danielp at
Wed Mar 26 02:25:36 GMT 2008

It's not the best answer, but it should work to reduce your burden for the
cd parent-of-directories
for FLDR in dir1 dir2 dir4 dir17
    cd $FLDR
    rsync -avP --e ssh source/$FLDR .
    cd ..

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Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 5:35 PM
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Subject: Max files/buffer overflow

Hello All,

I am having an interesting issue where using the command 'rsync -avP -e ssh'
seems to want to bail out on filesystems that have more than about 1.2
million files.
Using that same command on smaller filesystems works like a charm!  The
server is rsync 2.6.8 protocol 29 and the destination is rsync 2.6.3
protocol 28.  The server is Fedora Core 4 and the client is Mac OS 10.5.2.

What am I doing wrong, how can I get around this.  I have about four million
files on a file system that I need to replicate to a disk in this Mac!

Do I just need to upgrade?  Can someone point me to binary packages for
Fedora Core 4 and Mac OS 10.5 (Intel)???


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