Delay for --remove-source-files

Martin Scharrer mailinglists at
Thu Oct 15 07:44:35 MDT 2009

Matt McCutchen-7 wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-10-13 at 03:51 -0700, Martin Scharrer wrote:
>> I'm using rsync with -aP --remove-source-files to move files from one
>> machine to another while watching the progress. I'm under the impression
>> that rsync is deleting the transmitted source files on-the-fly, not at
>> the
>> very end.
>> [...]
> IIUC, the delay occurs due to the pipelining in rsync; since it is not a
> problem for most users, no special effort was made to avoid it.  If it
> is a problem for you, you might consider running rsync once per file.
> It sounds like the files are big enough that doing so wouldn't be
> unreasonably wasteful.

Thanks Matt for pointing this out.
I will consider to change my rsync script.


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