Can rsync assume that the destination directory is empty ?

Kevin Korb kmk at
Thu Jun 9 10:29:03 UTC 2016

Actually, don't do --ignore-times.  Even if it did prevent the stat
calls it would also tell rsync to not care about matching files in the
--link-dest dir which would be very bad.

On 06/09/2016 06:27 AM, Kevin Korb wrote:
> There isn't an option for that and it isn't actually required that the
> target directory be empty (just a good idea).  Plus it has to do the
> stat calls on the other end anyway so I doubt there would be much
> performance benefit.
> Maybe --ignore-times would cause it to not look but I kinda doubt it and
> I am too tired to do an strace right now ;)
> On 06/09/2016 05:32 AM, Arnaud Aujon Chevallier wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I'm currently using rsync to backup up to 1 TB of small files of
>> relatively small files (hundreds of Ko mostly)
>> My backup strategy is to use a full backup and then backup the diff
>> every day using hardlink with the previous backup. This means that each
>> time I use rsync, the destination directory is empty.
>> Using strace, I can see that rsync call a 'lstat' command to try to see
>> if the file already exists in my destination directory. Is there an
>> option to tell rsync that the destination directory is empty ?
>> Do you think that avoiding this call can improve rsync performances in
>> this specific case ?
>> I tried reading the source code, but I'm not exactly sure where this
>> lstat call happens.
>> Thanks a lot,
>> Arnaud Aujon Chevallier

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