rsync failure on corrupted source data

Paul J. Durack pauldurack at
Tue Jun 28 03:55:35 UTC 2016

I am trying to copy data from a partially corrupt backup (time machine)
disk on a os x system to another.

Firstly the rsync version (OS X 10.11.5):

sync --version
rsync  version 2.6.9  protocol version 29
Copyright (C) 1996-2006 by Andrew Tridgell, Wayne Davison, and others.
Capabilities: 64-bit files, socketpairs, hard links, symlinks, batchfiles,
              inplace, IPv6, 64-bit system inums, 64-bit internal inums

I'm using the following command:

~] durack1% sudo rsync -vrlptgoDH --exclude=".spotlight_repair"
--ignore-errors /Volumes/durack1ml_bak\ 1/Backups.backupdb

And am getting the following error:

Media Encoder CC 2015/Adobe Media Encoder CC
rsync: writefd_unbuffered failed to write 14550 bytes [sender]: Broken pipe
rsync: write failed on
Media Encoder CC 2015/Adobe Media Encoder CC": Result too large (34)
rsync error: error in file IO (code 11) at
rsync: connection unexpectedly closed (14352612 bytes received so far)
rsync error: error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at

Is there a way to get rsync to continue when such an error is encountered?


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