Kevin Korb kmk at
Wed Sep 23 18:35:54 UTC 2015

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This isn't really an rsync question but...

No, moving a file to .Trash does not free space.  As far as the file
system is concerned this is just another directory and the file is not
actually deleted yet.

As far as compression goes, you have 2 choices:
#1 Use compression on wherever you sync the pen drive with so rsync is
only dealing with compressed files

#2 Use a compressed file system on the pen drive (this will almost
certainly have compatibility issues with multiple OSs especially if
you are using computers that you don't control.

Personally, I always use computers that I control and I use OwnCloud
to keep such files in sync.

On 09/23/2015 02:29 PM, Michael Havens wrote:
> I don't have the technical knowledge to bring this idea into the
> real world but: What do you think about adding a tar/zip option? I
> like to rsync my /Documents directory and as i was doing so this
> morning my pen drive ran out of room. I only ever make minor
> changes to /Documents and sometimes I forget to backup what I've
> changed and then forget what I've changed and so rsync makes it
> simple (especially with --delete). This is possibly beside the
> point: To get everything to fit on the pen drive I discovered
> deleting .Trash* freed up the space. My question is why does
> deleting a file move it to .Trash but not make the space available
> for reuse?
> -- :-)~MIKE~(-:

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