mirroring: cvsup vs. rsync

David Fleck david.fleck at mchsi.com
Tue Apr 13 20:57:33 PDT 2004

Sorry, only tangentially a *BSD question, as it involves CVSup....

I'm trying to set up a mirror of a CVS repository at a remote site.  The
repository has 1000's of fairly small files, and is about 75MB in total

This seemed like an obvious job for CVSup, so I got a recent version
(16.1h) of the sources, built and installed on 2 Red Hat machines, one
local and one remote, set up the server directories and files, and wrote a
supfile for the client.  It seems to work ok.

The thing that surprises me is that I also tried mirroring the same
repository with rsync (using the -az options), and rsync is *much* faster,
so far the speed increases for rsync are on the order of 5X.

This makes me wonder if I'm using CVSup right.  I'm not using anything but
default settings for cvsupd (except for -b); is there some common set of
options that would give me a noticable speed increase?

Any suggestions welcomed, thanks.

David Fleck
david.fleck at mchsi.com

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