May 26, 2018
Network file distribution/synchronization utility
rsync is a replacement for rcp that has many more features.
rsync uses the “rsync algorithm” which provides a very fast method for bringing remote files into sync. It does this by sending just the differences in the files across the link, without requiring that both sets of files are present at one of the ends of the link beforehand. This makes rsync a good remote file distribution/synchronization utility in a dialup PPP/SLIP environment.
Note, requires rsync on the destination machine.
There is a Computer Science Technical Report on the rsync algorithm is included in the distribution, and is available as ftp//samba.anu.edu.au/pub/rsync/tech_report.ps