Max filesize for rsync?

Jeff Schoby JAS at
Fri Apr 15 16:48:03 GMT 2005

Actually, it said that the file was too big, so it wasn't a question of
performance, it just wouldn't do it.

I set my AIX environment to allow me to have files of unlimited size,
rsync still said it was too big.

>>> Shachar Shemesh <rsync at> 04/14/05 1:28 AM >>>
Jeff Schoby wrote:

>Well, I got -further- by changing the fsize= to -1 in
>/etc/security/limits on my AIX boxes, 
>but rsync ultimately still did not like my 15GB file I wanted to
What does "doesn't like" mean? Does it freeze with too much CPU usage?

>Had to resort to good ol' plain vanilla ftp.  
How long does transferring the file via ftp take?

A 15GB file puts a load of 194% on the hash table. This means that, *on

average*, each lookup will have to scan two areas. I'm not sure whether

that should have created a huge slowdown or not.

Try rsyncing that file with the "--block-size=524288" (i.e. - a 0.5MB 
block size), and please report whether rsync's behavior had improved, 
and in particular, how does it rate against vanilla ftp.


Shachar Shemesh
Lingnu Open Source Consulting ltd.
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