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Having error -41 problems.
Authored by: Bytesmiths on Nov 08, '10 01:42:54PM

Time Machine stopped working on my server. I looked at the disk, and the ".inProgress" file consumed 9/10ths of the disk, and Time Machine had "helpfully" deleted all but the latests successful backup in trying to make more room.

I deleted that file and tried again, this time checking out the log. It got about 20 gigs into a 30 gig backup, then threw up its hands at a particular file with an "Error: -41" which seems to mean "/*memory full (open) or file won't fit (load)*/".

I moved that file (actually, it was a .plist inside an application; I moved the entire application) somewhere else, deleted the .inProgress file, and tried again. It threw the same error, on a different file. Lather, rinse, repeat... same problem on a different file.

I then went to the Apple Support discussion boards and tried to log it. THAT gave me a 404 from their own login link!

I'm beginning to think computers hate me.

Any ideas for getting around this -41 error?

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Having error -41 problems.
Authored by: Andrew J Freyer on Nov 08, '10 07:45:00PM

It's quite possible that you didn't actually clear your trash before trying to restart the TM drive. External volumes store deleted data in the /.trashes folder (which is hidden) until they are both mounted and the user clears the trash. Until then, you'll have a huge hidden file on your external drive preventing TM from completing a backup. Do this and your -41 error should be history.

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Having error -41 problems.
Authored by: Bytesmiths on Nov 08, '10 09:50:09PM

I'm certain I emptied the trash, because it took about three hours to delete, and the space available went from 17GB to over 300GB!

I've now copied the one good backup (from just before this started happening) onto an external drive.

I'm prepared to re-format the backup drive, but I have a sneaking suspicion that won't solve anything, so I'm going to go delete some Preferences and other stuff related to Time Machine first.

Another thing that makes me think it is NOT the backup drive is that as soon as I discovered it, I turned Time Machine off, but it keeps running every hour. Sounds like a corrupted config or prefs file situation.

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Having error -41 problems.
Authored by: joelseph on Nov 09, '10 01:59:34AM
When I have a file or folder that I know I want to delete for good (especially on an external drive), I run rm -R on it in Terminal, specifically for this reason. Skips the trash, gives me my file space back. Of course, use it responsibly.

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