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Get total copy time of Rsync

Prefix the “rsync” command with the “time” command.

It would be useful to estimate total time to transfer or backup files and folders to another server or other storage device.

time rsync -av "/media/MyBackup"

Sample output:

time rsync -av "/media/MyBackup"

sending incremental file list

sent 2146220138 bytes  received 31 bytes  18422490.72 bytes/sec
total size is 2145958091  speedup is 1.00

real 1m56.548s
user 0m25.358s
sys 0m15.137s

The "real" time is will display the accumulated time once the whole process is done.

If a log file is used in conjunction with the rsync command, the log file would be very large and it might slow down the copying process. Since it will log a  file, then copy a file so two process are executed one after the other.

Every file being copied will be appended to the log file.

Anyway, if you want to try rsync with log file use the command below.

To test or check the output try the command below and press ctrl+c to terminate copying.

If you open the log file, you will notice rsync logs all the files being copied. And you can check the start time and the end time on the log file.

rsync -av --log-file=/var/myFiles/myrsync.log /media/my_backup_source /media/my_backup_destination

Cheers..Hope it helps..


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