rsync - what can it do?

bob parker bob_parker at
Wed Feb 5 22:26:51 EST 2003

On Wed, 5 Feb 2003 05:57, Green, Paul wrote:
> bob parker [mailto:bob_parker at] asks:
> > I've downloaded a 700meg iso by ftp using a steam powered dial up
> connection.
> > It took a week and naturally many resumes.
> >
> > Murphy's Law did not take a holiday of course so the md5sum of the
> downloaded
> > iso does not match the md5sum of the one at the mirror.
> >
> > Can rsync be used to selectively fetch the part or parts of the iso that
> are
> > in error assuming that the mirror is also an rsync mirror?
> Sure, but why not just let the computer do the work. Just tell rsync to
> fetch the entire hierarchy. It will do the work necessary to find the
> differences and send the minimal set of changes.
> PG

Thhnks for the reply.

Actually in this instance there is no hierarchy, it is just one flat 700 meg 
iso. So my question is can rsync sort out out which parts of it have errors 
and just download the corrupted parts of it?

Unfortunately I will not be able to try anything with it the next 3 weeks as 
I will be away in the bush.



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