rsync problems

Chuck Swiger cswiger at
Mon Sep 13 14:44:52 PDT 2004

Brian McCann wrote:
> Hi all...I'm having problems using rsync, and it makes no sense to me.
>  I'm running it with the following options: "rsync -e ssh -avpz
> --delete src dest".  Whenever the src has lots of files (over 1000),
> it seams to just stop, verbose mode doesn't tell me anything
> relevant...and if i try again, it will just download more, then stop
> again.  Any guesses anyone?

Maybe you are too impatient.  :-)

If you pass rsync a very large tree of files, it takes a long time-- several 
minutes up to an hour or more-- to traverse and note timestamps, file-sizes, 
checksums, etc before it does anything.  If you get output, and then a big 
pause, it is probably finding a bunch of stuff which matches and does not need 
to be copied (but it still has to look at timestamps and maybe do checksums).


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