rsync and network failure

Karl Auer kauer at
Wed Apr 6 21:31:22 UTC 2016

On Wed, 2016-04-06 at 14:57 +0100, Dave Howorth wrote:
> On 2016-04-06 14:43, Colin Law wrote:
> > This works fine.  My question is, if the network fails part way
> > through, or the PC is shut down then should I just be able repeat 
> > the command and rsync will transfer any remaining files that were 
> > not successfully transferred the first time?

Yes. And if you are transferring very large files, you might like to
read the man page on the "-P", "--partial" and "--partial-dir" options,
which allows recovery midway through partially transferred files.

I suggest you look for every occurrence of the word "partial" in the
man page, because there are quite a lot of hints and gotchas around
saving partial transfers, but if you transfer really big files this can
be a life-saver.

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at

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