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rsync hanging on Access MDB file

Several months ago set up a remote backup for a client. The remote server, running OpenSuSe 11, runs rsync over ssh to two remote servers in the same location. One server is Linux (a variant of CentOS 4.6), while the other is a Windows 2008 server box. Until last week, everything was working well; however, now I am seeing this error in the log when backing up from the Windows server:

rsync: connection unexpectedly closed (449058 bytes received so far) [receiver]
rsync error: error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at io.c(635) [receiver=3.0.2]
rsync: connection unexpectedly closed (237 bytes received so far) [generator]
rsync error: unexplained error (code 255) at io.c(635) [generator=3.0.2]

The error occurs each time on the same Access database file (part of the application suite the server was installed for). I have tested various scenarios - I deleted the file on the backup server and tried to run the rsync process, with the same result; I then copied the file to a temporary directory on the source server and backed up just that directory - which worked.

From that I thought it might be either a permissions issue or an oddity in the original file. I therefore copied the file back from the temp directory and tried again - same result. I checked file permissions, which were fine, with the backup user having sufficient rights to the folder tree.

rsync on the Cygwin side is version 3.0.4; on OpenSuSE, version 3.0.2.

I searched for rsync problems with MDB files, but came up with nothing. If anyone has an idea of why this is happening and how I can fix it, I'd be grateful.



Des Dougan, Principal
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