rsync vs. rcp

Donovan Baarda abo at
Thu Feb 20 08:25:57 EST 2003

On Thu, 2003-02-20 at 05:55, va_public  wrote:
> I got used to rsync's -v --progress option so much that I used it 
> instead of rcp even to simply copy files across the network. I dont 
> like software that doesnt talk to me! :-) I like the percentage bar 
> that --progress gives!
> To my surprise, I found that, when dealing with 1GB+ files, rsync is 
> 4-5 _times_ slower than rcp.

RSYNC DOES NOT WORK WITH 1GB+ FILES... unless you have a sufficiently
large block size. See the following;

This probably needs to be documented somewhere newbie's can find it.

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