rsync is bad

Steve Flynn anothermindbomb at
Sun Jun 8 00:34:36 UTC 2008

On Sun, Jun 8, 2008 at 12:54 AM, Karl Larsen <k5di at> wrote:

>    I hoped that rsync would result in a copy of the original but fails
> to do so. It seems to do something to GTK+ which no-one including me,
> has the first clue how to fix. I have had no luck with rsync so will
> stop using it.

Rsync will dump files exactly as you tell it to.

>    So I will back off to dd which I know works just fine. That will be
> my next way to copy this Ubuntu 7.10 to another partition. Forget rsync
> it has bad problems.

A rather astonishingly wide-sweeping statement. The rest of the known
universe has been using rsync for years without any problem. I
replicate something in the region of 8.5 terabytes on a weekly basis
with it from an MVS mainframe to 8 AIX boxes, 2 Linux machines and a
reasonably old Solaris machine - it works just fine.

You seem to be confusing a complete dump of a device with a copy of
the data which is on that device. The two are different things

Compare and contrast an ISO image with a zip file...

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