rsync and the iconv-switch

juligo Julian.Tunke at
Thu May 20 01:04:39 MDT 2010

Hello all, 
I have problems with sending data names via rsync including german
characters like “ä, ö, ü”.
The daemon running on a SLES10. The Rsync version is: 3.0.3, Protocol
My Client is a Windows XP machine with Rsync: 3.0.4 (or alternative 3.0.6),
Protocol version:30.

For the conversion between both machines I use the ‘—iconv=850,UTF-8’ –
chcp told me that 850 is my codepage on my windowsmachine and locale on
Linux said ther UTF-8 is the current code page. 

Now I use the command
Rsync.exe –agzv –-iconv=850,utf8 /cygdrive/source Rsync://destination
my output says: 
Rsync: connection unexpectedly closed <0 bytes received so far> [sender]
Rsync error: error in Rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at io.c(632)

Same when I edit my rsyncd.conf with ‘charset = utf-8’ and restart the

When I replace my codepage 850 in my command thorugh “ISO88591” Rsync tells
iconv_open(“UTF-8”, “ISO88591”) failed
Rsync error: requested action not supported (code 4) at Rsync.c(120)

I tried so many different codepages and combinations, so I think the problem
is something I didn’ t consider?

Any ideas?
Thanking you in anticipation.


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