The recursive switch

Colin Raven cjraven at
Thu Mar 1 07:29:20 MST 2012

Google hasn't been a whole lot of help here, so here goes...

Using the -r switch appears to impose a significant performance hit on
low[er] end (embedded) systems, i.e. those without scads of memory, and/or
multi-core workstation or server class machines. If you DON'T specify the
-r switch, surely rsync won't ignore directory trees - or will it?

Warm regards & TIA

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