Rsync mirroring interacting with compression

Peter Barker pbarker at
Thu Nov 28 11:34:30 EST 2002

On Thu, 28 Nov 2002, Michael James wrote:

> But how does a gz file react to changes in the source.
> Is it likely to change large sections of the compressed file
>  for a small addition to the source, like a hash?

Patches have gone into gzip over the last couple of years to (I think)
reset the string tables at regular intervals. This means that the effects
of a change in one part of the source file will peter out.

> Is there a more rsync-friendly compression available?

gzip's fine.

> michaelj

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