[CentOS] network copy performance is poor (rsync) - debugging suggestions?

Thu Jan 29 17:09:32 UTC 2015
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 7:05 AM, Joseph L. Brunner
<joe at affirmedsystems.com> wrote:
> our investigation showed the rsync process even with all switches we found has to "open" the file a bit before it copies it... so rsync sucks for this kind of stuff with 2 MILLION small files - it never gets going moving millions of small files it has to keep reading. There a switch that says don't do that - but never really helped :)

Rsync is going to read the directory tree first, then walk it on both
sides comparing timestamps (for incrementals) and block checksums.
Pre 3.0 versions would read the entire directory tree before even
starting anything else.  So, there is quite a bit of overhead with the
point being to avoid using network bandwidth when the source and
destination are already mostly identical.   Splitting the work into
some sensible directory tree structure might help a lot.  Or if you
know it is mostly different, just tar it up and stream it.

   Les Mikesell
      lesmikesell at gmail.com