rsync and write failed with No Space left on Device (28)

If you run an rsync such as this command

% rsync -lH -rva --no-inc-recursive --progress gromacs remote_server:/usr/local

and you encountered something like this

% rsync: write failed on "/usr/local": No space left on device (28)

After checking that the source and destination have sufficient space, you are still encountering the issue, you may want to put this parameter in “–inplace”. According to the rsync man page. “This option changes how rsync transfers a file when its data needs to be updated: instead of the default method of creating a new copy of the file and moving it into place when it is complete, rsync instead writes the updated data directly to the destination file.

WARNING: you should not use this option to update files that are being accessed by others, so be careful when choosing to use this for a copy. For more information, do take a look at

% rsync -lH -rva --inplace --no-inc-recursive --progress gromacs remote_server:/usr/local

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