rsync 1tb+ each day

Eric Whiting ewhiting at
Wed Feb 5 06:47:09 EST 2003

I think the -W option might do what you would have described here.


Kenny Gorman wrote:

> I am rsyncing 1tb of data each day.  I am finding in my testing that 
> actually removing the target files each day then rsyncing is faster 
> than doing a compare of the source->target files then rsyncing over 
> the delta blocks.  This is because we have a fast link between the two 
> boxes, and that are disk is fairly slow. I am finding that the 
> creation of the temp file (the 'dot file') is actually the slowest 
> part of the operation. This has to be done for each file because the 
> timestamp and at least a couple blocks are guaranteed to have changed 
> (oracle files).
> My question is this:
> Is it possible to tell rsync to update the blocks of the target file 
> 'in-place' without creating the temp file (the 'dot file')?  I can 
> guarantee that no other operations are being performed on the file at 
> the same time.  The docs don't seem to indicate such an option.
> Thx in advance..
> -kg

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