rsync / checksum small block / xfer small block

alexus alexus at
Thu Dec 4 15:17:20 GMT 2008

okay, so you saying if i have large db, and i made a change rsync will
not re-transfer the whole file, it will just transfer small portion of
that file? am I correct? does it say something like that in
documentation anywhere?

On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 8:24 AM, Jamie Lokier <jamie at> wrote:
> alexus wrote:
>> not quite what i need
>> let's take another example
>> let's say i have a mysql db, and only few rows gets changed on daily
>> basis, yet that data file itself is huge, so rsync checks for checksum
>> sees that it's different and xfer the whole file, i use remote site,
>> so xfer takes long time and plus we pay for our bw, so it cost us
>> money too, instead there is a technology out there called dedupe, it
>> will slice file for many blocks ( i think 12k each ) and it will
>> checksum each of blocks, and will only trasnfer the one that were
>> changed, this way, if very little get changed during the day, the xfer
>> of large file will dramaticly drop, as it will only xfer one small
>> block 12k instead of 1G for instance...
>> so i was wondering if rsync ever going support this kind of
>> technology, as today there is more and more of data and not enough
>> time to back it up...
> rsync has always supported this block checksum technology like "dedupe".
> It was the original reason for writing rsync!
> rsync is smarter than just checksumming every block, though, as it can
> detect arbitrary insertions and deletions too.  That is what Matt
> means by delta-transfer algorithm.
> If rsync is transferring the whole file in your example, there's
> something wrong with your command line options or your measurements.
> -- Jamie


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