rsync not updating files even with checksum flag

Jason Haar Jason.Haar at
Sun Nov 12 18:44:19 GMT 2006

Mark Osborne wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I am having a problem with rsync that I hope someone can help me
> figure out.  We are using rsync to sync up files between our staging
> and production ftp servers.  Basically internal users are allowed to
> upload files via a samba share to a staging server.  Those files are
> then synced out every 15 minutes via cron to our production ftp servers.
> The problem occurs when a large file is being upload from a windows
> machine via the samba share.  If a rsync is instantiated during the
> time that the file is being uploaded the destination machines get the
> file with the correct filesize and timestamp.  Unfortunately, even
> though the file shows the correct size it is not a good copy of the
> file.  An md5sum of the files on both the source and destination
> machine returns different results.  I believe this occurs because
> windows automatically "reserves" the full size of the file and fills
> it out with 0s and then overwrites this as it goes along copying.
>  This wouldn't be a big deal except, subsequent runs of rsync (even
> with -c) fail to overwrite the file.

You could do what we do. We use "smbstatus" first to check that there
are no SMB locks present (on files only - you can ignore the ones on
dirs), then rename the new files out to a staging dir - then rsync that
instead. It guarantees the files have been finished, and even lets the
Windows users know the files have been picked up (as they disappear)


Jason Haar
Information Security Manager, Trimble Navigation Ltd.
Phone: +64 3 9635 377 Fax: +64 3 9635 417
PGP Fingerprint: 7A2E 0407 C9A6 CAF6 2B9F 8422 C063 5EBB FE1D 66D1

More information about the rsync mailing list