Rsync (was Re: [TriLUG] Best place for SPARC ISOs)

Tanner Lovelace lovelace at
Wed Apr 24 02:18:49 EDT 2002

On Tue, 2002-04-23 at 23:25, M. Mueller wrote:
> Are the r-commands out of favor for security reasons?  That's how one person 
> described them to me.  So going over ssh removes the fear.  Bolt on security 
> like I read earlier today.

The r-commands were a good idea when everyone on the net new everyone
else.  Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case for years.  So, just
use ssh and you won't have to worry nearly as much.

> With rsync, when the transfer stops for some reason, do you just go back in 
> with the same command, and let rsync figure out where it left off?  The 
> partially retreived file should be left alone, correct?

You probably want to look at the rsync man page.  Particularly the 
--partial option: (and I quote...)

    By default, rsync will delete any partially transferred file if
    the transfer is interrupted. In some circumstances it  is  more
    desirable to keep partially transferred files. Using the --par­
    tial option tells rsync to keep the partial file  which  should
    make a subsequent transfer of the rest of the file much faster.

> Man, there's nothing like loosing a bunch of 620Mb files at the 80% 
> mark to make you appreciate rsync.

I hear you there!

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