Synching text files.

jw schultz jw at
Wed Oct 29 08:58:26 EST 2003

On Tue, Oct 28, 2003 at 10:52:08PM +0100, Kurt Roeckx wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 23, 2003 at 11:15:31AM +1000, Donovan Baarda wrote:
> > 
> > It will find matching blocks at arbitrary byte offsets.
> > 
> > Think of the original file as a sequence of fixed sized blocks.
> > Inserting or deleting a single byte "breaks" that block so it no longer
> > matches, but rsync will match all the blocks before and after that
> > non-matching block.
> I had some time to test it, and it does properly do what it
> should in case I remove a single byte.
> It just seems there are so many changes that it can't find a
> matching block again.  The most part of the file should be the
> same, but there are large blocks (of lines) that are inserted or
> deleted.  It just downloads the whole file each time.

It should be noted that a word processor file is not a text

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