how to migrate 40T data and 180M files

Ming Gao gaomingcn at
Wed Aug 12 02:42:23 MDT 2009

I think rsync will compare the timestamp and size first, if they are the
same, rsync will skip, is that right? If so, it would be faster I think.

2009/8/11 Michal Suchanek <hramrach at>

> 2009/8/11 Ming Gao <gaomingcn at>:
> > It's almost the same? I ever tested on about 7G data, I rsync'ed it to
> > another directory, and it takes less than 1 minute when I run the same
> > command line again.
> Did you test it on the two NFS shares or something else?
> Also if you have enough memory part of the data might remain cached
> and speed up subsequent transfers.
> >
> > The reason why I use rsync is that the data will change during the time I
> > run rsync the first time. Then I need to run rsync the second time to
> make
> > them the same.
> >
> > How long would it take if the two copies are the same? I mean just verify
> if
> > they are the same.
> >
> If both source and destination are NFS mounted and they are on
> reasonably fast drive array then the bottleneck is the network.
> Reading src & dest and comparing them is about as fast as reading src
> and writing dest because the whole data gets through the network twice
> in either case. The latter is probably faster because the system
> simply moves frames between ethernet card buffers without doing much
> else, comparing may get quite CPU intensive and slow the process down.
> The advantage of rsync comes when you have disks attached directly and
> the network link is slow - the checksums can be computed locally and
> only the differences transferred.
> You would have to run rsync on the two NFS servers for it to help, and
> it only helps if the disk speed (and computation speed) is
> substantially faster than the network transfer speed.
> Michal
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