Large files and symlinks

Donovan Baarda abo at
Thu Jul 31 09:22:58 EST 2003

On Thu, 2003-07-31 at 06:53, jw schultz wrote:
> In many cases invoking --partial is worse than not.  If you
> are rsyncing a 4GB file and transfer is interrupted after
> 500MB has been synced you get a 500MB file which now has
> less in common with the source than the 4GB file did.  

A more useful behaviour for --partial would be to concatinate the
partial download to the end of the old "basis", rather than replace
it... this leaves you with a much more useful "partial" result to resume

Of course this behaviour could be _very_ confusing to people... :-)

Donovan Baarda <abo at>

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