rsync compares all files again and again

Kevin Korb kmk at
Fri Oct 14 12:08:52 MDT 2011

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Rsync doesn't compare every file over and over unless you tell it to or
you don't tell it to sync timestamps (which is part of -a).  Otherwise
it compares the file size and mtime.  If those are the same it assumes
the contents are the same.

The only reason you are getting a listing of all files is that you are
using -v twice.  If you just use -iv you will only see files that rsync
is doing something with and why rsync is doing something with them.

On 10/14/11 14:00, Elliot Wilen wrote:
> I'm seeing the same thing as Frank, but I just assume that it's normal. Note that rsync is *comparing* every file, it still only *copies* the changed data. Adding --stats corroborates this.
> If I use -vv then, just like Frank, I get
> x/y/y1 is uptodate
> for each file that's up to date. If I use -ivv, I get
> .f x/y/y1
> for files that are up to date and similar notations for file/directory modifications.
> This does add quite a bit of time to my rsyncs. I seem to recall reading about various rsync wrapper scripts which people have devised to deal with this.
> Elliot Wilen
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> On Oct 14, 2011, at 8:41 AM, Kevin Korb wrote:
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>> Use --itemize-changes to find out why.  In fact, --verbose is almost
>> entirely worthless without --itemize-changes.

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