Recommended way for initial backup before rsync calls

Sven.Hartrumpf at Sven.Hartrumpf at
Tue Sep 4 08:51:21 GMT 2007

Mon, 3 Sep 2007 20:00:06 -0400, hashproduct+rsync wrote:

> On 9/3/07, Sven.Hartrumpf wrote:
> > What can you recommend to create the initial backup of a
> > partition before calling rsync
> > (under Linux, 100 GB, 10M files, only normal files and
> > some soft links)?
> If you're copying an entire partition, another option to consider is
> copying the partition raw using dd.

Yes, I will try this next time.

> > (Using rsync takes too long for this initial copy.)
> I would be surprised if another tool were significantly faster than
> rsync.  If that is the case, it might be worth trying to understand
> why so that rsync can be improved.

Currently, I have no time and resources to investigate this :-(
If noone else faces this problem, I would suspect that this problem
is not caused by rsync, but by our local network.
I gave up copying with rsync after 3 days and only 13 GB copied;
now I use star for the initial copy ...

> Are you using the current CVS
> rsync with incremental recursion (which is critical when you're
> transferring such a large number of files)?

I use the current CVS version, which uses incremental recursion
(by default?).

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