reducing file list bytes transferred

Stephen Zemlicka stevezemlicka at
Tue Oct 2 01:04:02 GMT 2007

I think the next release is supposed to speed this up.

Stephen Zemlicka
Integrated Computer Technologies
PH. 608-558-5926
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Peter Salameh
Sent: Monday, October 01, 2007 5:42 PM
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Subject: reducing file list bytes transferred


This is my first posting to the rsync list.  I mirror a database
containing directories which contain a very large number of files (say
30,000), and sending the file list can often take longer than transferring
the new files.    (Rsync ends up sending nearly the same file list on
every transfer, with only the addition of a few new files.)

Has the rsync team considered an rsync option which would remember the
last file list on both ends, and only send changes to the list?  In my
case this would reduce the number of files in the file list from 300,000
per day to under 1,000 per day.

Might be a good addition to rsync-3.0.

Thanks in advance.

Peter Salameh
psalameh at

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