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Re: [tlug] The Mother of All (bash) Commands

On Tue, 18 Mar 2008 08:22:19 -0500
"Daniel A. Ramaley" <> wrote:

> I'm fond of tar over "cp -a" because it prints out the file names as it 
> copies them so i have an idea how far along it is. But if not copying 
> much stuff, cp is certainly easier.

Ever tried cp -v ? :-)

> And i prefer tar over rsync for 
> basic copying because tar is faster.

Yes, rsync is horribly inefficient in nearly all ways.

Backing up a maildir folder with about 650k files takes
about an hour. And it doesn't matter how many new mails
arrived. Making a tar ball of the same directory does
take only about half an hour... for 5G2 of data on a
stone age Sun E3000 (ie, absolutely CPU limited).

			Attila Kinali
Praised are the Fountains of Shelieth, the silver harp of the waters,
But blest in my name forever this stream that stanched my thirst!
                         -- Deed of Morred

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