Rsync help needed...

Linus Hicks lihicks at
Fri Mar 3 15:46:47 GMT 2006

Linus Hicks wrote:
> 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 memory.
> 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 incorrect?

Watching the machines for nearly an hour and a half, neither one got into memory 
contention. The source machine never went below 72gb free and the destination 
never went below about 2.3gb free. I killed the rsync, deleted the destination 
file and ran rsync again. Results below.

oracle> timex rsync -ptgo --stats --rsh=/bin/rsh --inplace -B 8192 
sun001:/hs01/oradata/prod1/temp01.dbf $(pwd)/
^Crsync error: received SIGUSR1 or SIGINT (code 20) at rsync.c(231)
rsync error: received SIGUSR1 or SIGINT (code 20) at rsync.c(231)

real  1:26:48.71
user       55.66
sys        58.32

oracle> ls -l
total 8365424
-rw-r--r--   1 oracle   dba      4280991744 Mar  3 10:30 temp01.dbf
oracle> rm temp01.dbf
oracle> timex rsync -ptgo --stats --rsh=/bin/rsh --inplace -B 8192 
sun001:/hs01/oradata/prod1/temp01.dbf $(pwd)/

Number of files: 1
Number of files transferred: 1
Total file size: 4280991744 bytes
Total transferred file size: 4280991744 bytes
Literal data: 4280991744 bytes
Matched data: 0 bytes
File list size: 72
Total bytes sent: 36
Total bytes received: 4281514456

sent 36 bytes  received 4281514456 bytes  9945445.97 bytes/sec
total size is 4280991744  speedup is 1.00

real     7:10.65
user     1:08.65
sys      3:18.90

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