difference between src and destination sizes when rsync was run

Paul Slootman paul at debian.org
Wed Aug 31 12:34:10 GMT 2005

On Wed 31 Aug 2005, Venkatesh.S wrote:

> i have two machines, one is a rsync server and another is rsync client
> when i run the rsync client for backup, the src dir is showing 4.8G and
> the destination dir to which i am backingup is showing 5.5G
> can anyone tell me why is this.

Filesystem differences will do this, if your filesystem rounds up to
e.g. 8k blocks for file allocation, then 1000 files of 1 byte will show
8MB; another filesystem that doesn't waste space like that (e.g. reiserfs
with tail option) will show a few k.

Paul Slootman

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