rsync 2.6.9 uses a lot of memory; has that changed in rsync 3.0.3 ?

Matt McCutchen matt at
Mon Aug 4 20:50:42 GMT 2008

On Mon, 2008-08-04 at 13:22 -0700, Aleksey Tsalolikhin wrote:
> Has the issue with rsync using a lot of memory if there are a lot
> of files been addressed in 3.0?
> I checked the rsync FAQ and it says this issue would require a major
> rewrite of rsync, not sure if that entry is up to date or not - 3.0 is
> a major rewrite AFAIK.

The issue has been addressed by the addition of incremental recursion in
rsync 3.0.0.  However, I would not call rsync 3.0 a rewrite: there are
many added features and bug fixes but the codebase is just as tangled
(IMHO; Wayne may disagree) as ever.

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