# 2006-10-12 VFAT and rsync

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Summary: Gah. I decided to copy all my audio files to a small extra portable disk I have so that I could easily transfer stuff between home and office. It . . .

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> ##man rsync## suggest using ##--modify-window##: In particular, when transferring to Windows FAT filesystems which cannot represent times with a 1 second resolution ##--modify-window=1## is useful.

Gah. I decided to copy all my audio files to a small extra portable disk I have so that I could easily transfer stuff between home and office. It turns out that VFAT has some curious properties, which make sure that some files get retransfered again and again. Grrrr!

What should I do? In theory I could install ext2 drivers on both systems and use that, hehe. But honestly: There must be a better way!

I still remember my ext2 woes where OSX would kernel panic if a command-line tool read Latin-1 encoded filename (OSX finder would just truncate right there).

I guess I could format it as UFS and use ufs2tools to access the files from the command-line. Extra hassle… And nobody knows whether they’ll work for external USB drives, either! I think we’re stuck with a crappy VFAT filesystem for this kind of task.

man rsync suggest using --modify-window: In particular, when transferring to Windows FAT filesystems which cannot represent times with a 1 second resolution --modify-window=1 is useful.

And it works!!

sent 267517 bytes  received 20 bytes  59452.67 bytes/sec
total size is 38204530806  speedup is 142800.92


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Summary: Haha!

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< -- Linus Torvalds, about his failing hard drive on

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> Haha! :)
> -- Alex

I’ve seen this fortune on irc and thought about you

Only wimps use tape backup: real men just upload their important stuff on ftp, and let the rest of the world mirror it – Linus Torvalds, about his failing hard drive on linux.cs.helsinki.fi

PierreGaston 2006-10-13 14:33 UTC

Haha!

– Alex

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