Transferring Files to New Ubuntu System

Mark Haney mhaney at
Tue Nov 25 21:38:50 UTC 2008

Brian McKee wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 2:38 PM, Hakan Koseoglu
> <hakan.koseoglu at> wrote:
>> Potentially scp and rsync should be better but interestingly, between
>> my laptop and dinky file server copying 10MB of /dev/urandom data
>> works faster on rsync. I must have configured something different
>> somewhere. :-)
> I just fired a 5 meg file thru the VPN - 36 seconds for rsync, 45
> seconds for scp.
> So, rsync seems to be better.
> I haven't tried with -e rsh (as opposed to ssh) as I'd have to start
> changing firewalls to allow it.
> Brian

rsync will typically be faster as it's unencrypted by default.  I'd be 
willing to bet you'll see similar performance if using ssh as the remote 
shell as you would with scp. (if not a bit slower.)

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