On Thu, 2023-09-21 at 20:08 -0400, Kevin Korb via rsync wrote: > I have heard in the past that rsyncing an empty dir over a tree to > delete the tree is faster than an rm -rf but I can't say I have ever > benchmarked it to get any actual numbers.
This **may** indeed be a myth (for a long time now) re-cited again and again and - could no longer be valid today - could apply only when deleting explicitly named files but not deleting the complete folder (as we need to do in "Back in Time") At least I could not find a holistic benchmark with many files and different scenarios (file systems, rsync'ing locally vs. over network, snapshot sizes, number of files, file sizes, rsync and rm versions...) Q: Does `rsync` provide a test case that I could use as basis to prepare such a holistic benchmark? > But now that I am hearing > that rsync actually adds a bunch of pointless chmods to the process. Is > it still faster given this problem? If so maybe we should be trying to > investigate why rm is so slow. Just by strace'ing I saw `rm` mainly calls unlink, `rsync` does not. -- Please use reply-all for most replies to avoid omitting the mailing list. To unsubscribe or change options: https://lists.samba.org/mailman/listinfo/rsync Before posting, read: http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html