Rsync "file too large (27)"

Scott Wiersdorf scott at
Fri May 27 06:44:48 MDT 2011

On Fri, May 27, 2011 at 08:19:36AM -0400, DALJIT TAMANA, BLOOMBERG/ LONDON wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm getting the following error occasional and can't find out why;
> 05/14/2011 09:28:51     rsyncing /dbtmp to / (1st pass) ....
> rsync: writefd_unbuffered failed to write 4 bytes [sender]: Broken pipe (32)
> rsync: write failed on "/": File too large (27)

This message is from your operating system (EFBIG); you've probably
hit the limits of what your file system can handle, as set by
setrlimit (check RLIMIT_FSIZE).  Alternatively, I can imagine syncing
to a different filesystem and then remounting it or something...

Scott Wiersdorf
scott at

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