Rsync help needed...

Linus Hicks lihicks at
Fri Mar 3 14:21:25 GMT 2006

Wayne Davison wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 02, 2006 at 02:07:14PM -0500, Linus Hicks wrote:
>> I do not understand the exceeding long times shown in the last two
>> runs.
> Since the user/sys CPU time didn't also mushroom, I would suggest that
> you check to see if your system ran out of free memory and started to
> thrash as memory was swapped out to disk.

This is certainly not true for the source machine. It typically has 70gb free 
(it's still running a 32-bit Oracle database server). The destination machine 
started out with about 2.8gb free. I will run it again and watch what happens to 

So I decided to look up how much memory is used by rsync, and now I'm confused. 
In the FAQ it says this:

out of memory

The usual reason for "out of memory" when running rsync is that you are 
transferring a _very_ large number of files. The size of the files doesn't 
matter, only the total number of files.

I'm transferring one file, which is obvious from my command line. Is the FAQ 


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