Is it possible to transfer a large, dynamic file in a piecemeal fashion? Yes it is.

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Subject: Re: Is it possible to transfer a large, dynamic file in a piecemeal fashion? Yes it is.

Don Kuenz via rsync <rsync at> wrote:
> Greetings,
> Is it possible to use rsync to transmit a large, dynamic 2TB file in a
> piecemeal fashion during daylight hours over the course of a dozen days?
> On a good day, about 200GB of data can be transferred before rsync times
> out to enable a nightly local backup to complete. The local backup
> changes a few 512 byte blocks in the 2TB file. That's why the 2TB file
> is dynamic.
> As an experiment, rsync was started on the client to sync the 2TB file.
> At that point, rsyncd on the backup server created a temporarily file
> with the 2TB file name appended with a dot followed by six characters.
> After about 100MB was transferred the rsync client was interrupted and
> stopped in order to simulate the nightly shutdown. When rsync was
> restarted it erased the original 100MB temporary file and started over
> with a new, empty temporarily file.
> In summary:
> * rsync apparently erases temporarily files upon restart
> * it takes about a dozen days to transfer the 2TB file
> Unless there's an option to have rsync pick up where it left off it
> seems impossible to transmit a large file in a piecemeal fashion.
> Because the (nearly) same 200GB at the beginning of the 2TB file gets
> retransmitted over and over with each restart.

The rsync --partial argument retains the partial file between an 
interruption and a restart. It works for --timelimit interruptions as
well as ctrl-c interruptions on the client side.    

Thank you,

Don Kuenz KB7RPU

Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience. - de Buffon

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