writefd_unbuffered failed - Broken pipe on local rsync

Dave Howorth dhoworth at mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk
Wed Mar 10 04:58:16 MST 2010

I'm seeing an error that says there is a broken pipe, but the rsync
command is local to one machine:

/usr/bin/rsync -rltH --stats -D --delete --numeric-ids --whole-file
/data/dir /backup/suse1/suse1-data-dir/ >/tmp/rsync-out 2>&1

The complete contents of the rsync-out file are:

rsync: writefd_unbuffered failed to write 88 bytes [receiver]: Broken
pipe (32)
rsync error: error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at io.c(1122)

Q3 on http://samba.anu.edu.au/rsync/issues.html implies that the error
message necessarily involves a remote rsync. Does anybody know what the
message means for a local transfer, please?

Thanks, Dave

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