rsync transferring identical files
wayned at samba.org
Wed Jul 12 14:46:59 GMT 2006
On Mon, Jul 10, 2006 at 09:05:30PM +0100, Ben Pirt wrote:
> I changed a few of the files and ran it again and now it seems to be
> transferring all of the files again, even the ones that haven't been
Are you sure you got exactly the same command? Something like an added
or removed trailing slash or an added or removed --relative option could
mean that you're unintentionally copying files to a new location.
The best way to check what rsync thinks it is doing is to use the -i
(--itemize) option. This will show if rsync is creating new files
(which are displayed with all + chars), OR, if it is updating a file,
exactly what rsync thinks is different about the file (it will also
show non-transfer file adjustments, so look for the files prefixed
with a > or a < if you want to know what files are being transferred).
You'll see a 't' (time) in the itemized display if rsync thinks the
timestamps are different.
> The servers are in different timezones, but from what I have read
> this shouldn't matter.
Right. There are cases where a filesystem that stores files with the
local time instead of GMT can cause a problem, but that shouldn't cause
a problem at this time of year. There are also some file systems that
can't hold an odd time-stamp value (e.g. FAT), so if you're copying to
such a filesystem, you should use --modify-window=1 to have it treat
such off-by-one timestamps as the same value.
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