Improving the rsync protocol (RE: Rsync dies)

Martin Pool mbp at
Tue May 21 16:35:01 EST 2002

On 21 May 2002, Dave Dykstra <dwd at> wrote:

> I do shudder when I read about Martin's plans for a complete redesign
> because I have a lot of doubts about how it will affect performance.  The
> only reason that Rsync is as popular as it is today is because of its
> performance, and if it gets significantly worse people simply won't use
> it. 

Performance *is* effectively falling over time, because disks are
getting larger and upfront traversal becomes more of a problem.

> I think an evolution of the current code base is much more likely to
> be able to keep the good performance than a complete redesign.


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