rsyncing from a compressed tarball.

Ed Peschko horos22 at
Wed Dec 7 17:59:24 UTC 2016


As it stands right now, we use xz for our compression, so if rsync had
a similar option for xz that would probably be an improvement.

However, I think being able to decompress directly to the remote
system would save more; elsewise I don't see how I'm going to be able
to avoid untarring and uncompressing the whole xz file on the other

thanks much,


On Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 8:36 PM, Mike Hodson <mystica at> wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 8:07 PM, Ed Peschko <horos22 at> wrote:
>> All,
>> I'm working in an environment *very* restricted by space, and need to
>> sync from that location to another location.
>> So I'd like to be able to sync from a source that is not a filesystem,
>> like a compressed tarball.
>> Is this possible with the --files-from argument (or some other such
>> argument)?
> I'm curious if rsyncing the entire compressed tarball might work for you, if
> you compress the tarball with  the gzip option of --rsyncable  and then
> rsync with        --inplace ?
> Mike

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