copying milllions of small files and millions of dirs

Frank Leonhardt frank2 at
Thu Aug 15 20:02:21 UTC 2013

On 15/08/2013 19:13, aurfalien wrote:
> Hi all,
> Is there a faster way to copy files over NFS?
> Currently breaking up a simple rsync over 7 or so scripts which copies 22 dirs having ~500,000 dirs or files each.

I'm reading all this with interest. The first thing I'd have tried would 
be tar (and probably netcat) but I'm a probably bit of a dinosaur. (If 
someone wants to buy me some really big drives I promise I'll update). 
If it's really NFS or nothing I guess you couldn't open a socket anyway.

I'd be interested to know whether tar is still worth using in this world 
of volume managers and SMP.

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