Just tried again between a powerbook and an iMac both running latest Tiger OS. I mounted a share, typed the password, etc... and ran the following command:
sudo rsync -Eavb --delete --backup-dir="/Volumes/DATA-1/alamb_bck/rsync_bck" --exclude="alamb.sparseimage" /Volumes/DATA/Users/alamb "/Volumes/DATA-1/alamb_bck"
Goes well for one or two minutes (but still copying too much accross) and then crashes with:
Invalid file index 1913126912 (count=29712)
rsync error: protocol incompatibility (code 2) at /SourceCache/rsync/rsync-20/rsync/sender.c(159)
rsync: writefd_unbuffered failed to write 103 bytes: phase "unknown" [generator]: Broken pipe (32)
rsync error: error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at /SourceCache/rsync/rsync-20/rsync/io.c(909)
I also had many of those:
rsync: chgrp "/Volumes/DATA-1/alamb_bck/alamb/Library/Caches/Java Applets/cache/javapi/v1.0/file/bApplet.class-1195b694-2c622a6a.class" failed: Operation not supported (45)
Ok, I should have excluded the cache, but the symptom is the same.