Status of --inplace and --sparse in rsync or alternative?

Andrey Gursky andrey.gursky at
Sat Dec 26 04:15:06 UTC 2015

Dear rsync users,

this has been asked over and over again: why rsync still doesn't support --inplace along with --sparse!

There is a workaround to create an empty sparse file and then do --inplace. Then the file could be updated with --inplace, however the space for blocks became free will not be restored.

Maybe in meanwhile you have found a solution or free rsync alternative to this issue? And implementing this in rsync is not needed anymore?

By the way, may be you have scripts that create test files (sparse, partially written and slightly different) in order to test this feature?

Thanks in advance,

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