Incremental file updates over a network, NFS?

Mac User FR macuserfr at
Fri Mar 14 13:05:57 GMT 2008

Rsync works on a client/server system. So it's recommended to install  
rsync on both machines (your and the server), so you bypass NFS and  
connect to the server via rsync protocol. That's the way to use the  
delta incremental algorithm.

Le 14 mars 08 à 12:46, Andy Smith a écrit :

> Hi list,
>   can anyone point me at some consise info on when rsync is capable  
> of performing incremental updates
> of binary files? I need to rsync over a network, and currently I  
> have this over an NFS share but I suppose
> that even if binary updates are possible there not going to do much  
> good as reading the remote file over
> NFS to check what needs to be updated will use the same bandwidth  
> as copying the whole file.
> But to be honest, although I've tried to read up on it, Im still  
> not really sure how rsync achieves incremental
> coping of files so Im not in a very strong position to  
> speculate! ;) If someone could enlighten me that
> would be great!!
> thanks, Andy.
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