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I'm getting the following when backing up a Linux client:


Aug 11 09:51:35 beach Retrospect[18539]: fetFileSpec: unexpected EOF on "/web/mrtg/www.am-fm.org-day.png"


I'm running 8.1 on my Mac backup server.


7.6.100 on my Linux server which is running "Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5 (Tikanga)"


From searching the forum, I saw that this was supposed to be fixed in some 7.5.x release.


I've re-installed the client to ensure that the right version is running:


$ /etc/init.d/rcl status

Server "xxx.xxx.net":

Version 7.6.100

back up according to normal schedule

currently on

readonly is off

exclude is off

0 connections, 0 authenticated



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I found a solution: at least it worked for me. You have to download the latest beta of retrospect for windows, install it (or simple expand the installation cab) and grab the "retropds_linux86.pdu" file and copy it into the


/Library/Application Support/Retrospect/RetrospectEngine.bundle/Contents/MacOS/


folder. Be sure to make a backup of the old file before copying the new one. Then you have to restart the retrospect engine.

The working version of the pdu file is:




you can get the version with this command:


strings retropds_linux86.pdu | less





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