Error 36 when copying

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by vexorg, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. vexorg macrumors 6502a

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    What is this error? I've not been able to find a good reason for it.

    I do back up of files and certain files fail on error 36. The files are off a linux image dump to my mac hard drive. Certain files always fail to copy when doing a bulk/home folder copy. Yet if I manually copy the problem files directly from folder to folder then it works.

    It's only a problem copying the subfolder over. There is nothing unusual about the files, filenames are short and longer on other files in the same folder.

    Always the same files, so not some random timeout of the USB drive, and it is a powered 2Tb branded drive. My PC copies as much to it and off the drive with no issue.
     
  2. vexorg thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Can anyone recommend a more "technical" mac forum?
     
  3. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    Is it safe to assume that if you're looking for a more "technical" forum that you've already tried the less "technical" methods such as a Google search for "Error 36 when copying"?
    Lots of results such as...
    https://www.google.ca/#q=OS+X+Error+36+when+copying
     
  4. vexorg thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, been through that, tried every suggestion on google. Even there there seems to be no firm or consistent reason as to the cause of error 36. Permission, attributes, . (dot) files fixes, hardware connections lost, nothing fixes it.

    I think it has something to do with them being debian files. They folders were tar'd and untar'd to preserve all the symbolic links and avoid the recursive link problem when copying.

    Much as macrumours is fun, is does seem a bit lacking when you start going deeper into OS X.
     
  5. vexorg thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I should add, since the upgrade to yosemite, the photos and movie folders also have this fault when copying the home directory.
     
  6. vexorg thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    And the replies here show why I'm looking for a more technical forum
     
  7. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    Good luck with that, many of us have been down this path at one time or another.
    Please post any links if you are successful.
     

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