[feature request?]: Show progress only for big files

Lars Ellenberg lars.ellenberg at linbit.com
Tue Feb 28 16:38:01 UTC 2023

On Fri, Feb 17, 2023 at 01:21:40PM +0100, anubis23 via rsync wrote:
> Hi,
> I've read through the rsync manpage, this mailing list, asked Google and
> studied lots of posts on stackexchange.com (stackoverflow,
> superuser...), askubuntu.com and some others, concerning rsync's
> capabilities of showing progress information. But all I've found was
> what I already knew: --progress (or -P) shows a progress information for
> *every* file transmitted, --info=progress2 shows an overall progress of
> the whole transfer (more useful, but slower, if combined with
> --no-inc-recursive/--no-i-r...).
> What I am looking for is a way to show the progress on file-level (like
> --progress or -P) but only for files bigger than a certain threshold,
> say for example >25 MB for a transfer to a remote host or >250 MB for a
> local copy. Printing the progress of files which are transfered within
> just one or two seconds is not really necessary. Is this possible? If
> not, the best I can imagine, would be a switch, maybe called
> "--progress-threshold=x", where 'x' is the threshold level (e.g. 25m for
> 25 MB...).

I'd base the threshold on time, not size.

Could look like below,
though PROGRESS_REPORT_THRESHOLD_MS would need to become an option,
and default to 0 (and, if paranoid about time jumps, possibly be
explicitly tested against 0) to not change current behaviour.


diff --git a/progress.c b/progress.c
index 87207fbf..22de7723 100644
--- a/progress.c
+++ b/progress.c
@@ -35,6 +35,7 @@ extern struct file_list *cur_flist;
 BOOL want_progress_now = False;
 #define GETPGRP_ARG
@@ -173,7 +174,9 @@ void end_progress(OFF_T size)
 					stats.total_size, &now, True);
 		} else {
-			rprint_progress(size, size, &now, True);
+			/* Do not report progress for "quick" transfers, based on starting time. */
+			if (msdiff(&ph_start.time, &now) >= PROGRESS_REPORT_THRESHOLD_MS)
+				rprint_progress(size, size, &now, True);
 			memset(&ph_start, 0, sizeof ph_start);
@@ -237,5 +240,9 @@ void show_progress(OFF_T ofs, OFF_T size)
+	/* Do not report progress for "quick" transfers, based on starting time. */
+	if (msdiff(&ph_start.time, &now) < PROGRESS_REPORT_THRESHOLD_MS)
+		return;
 	rprint_progress(ofs, size, &now, False);

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