I've been using rsync to copy my itunes and iphoto files over to a mac mini connected to my TV in the lounge. This has been working absolutely fine for many many months (and still does). I recently got a second mac mini for use in a different room and am using exactly the same commands (obviously with a different IP address for when I mount the drive) but it refuses to work. My rsync command is: rsync -r -v "/Volumes/...../Music" "/Volumes/Mounted/.../userdir" One problem I'm getting is that if I don't have the added --exclude '.DS_Store' bit then rsync creates hundreds of thousands of files called ..DS_Store.000000 where 000000 is a six digit hexadecimal number. All zero KB big. If I exclude DS_Store then rsync gets gets stuck after a few files and just sits there doing nothing. The file can be just a few kb big. I've tried rsync with just a single file and it can copy it fine. All of my computers are connected via gigabit ethernet and are all running 10.6.3. The only difference between the mac minis as far as I can tell are that one is a 2009 C2D one (the one that works) and the other is an older CD one. I've already repaired disk permissions etc.