[Techtalk] my home directory grew

Chris Wilson chris+linuxchix at aptivate.org
Tue Apr 21 08:44:50 UTC 2009

Hi Maria,

On Tue, 21 Apr 2009, Maria McKinley wrote:

> I recently moved our home directories from a hard drive to a RAID array.
> Initially I copied the home directory like this:
> nohup cp -a /home/* /new_home/ &
> Then, once it was done, I disconnected the machine from the network, so
> no one could mess with the home directories, and used rsync:
> rsync -av /home/ /new_home
> For some reason after I was done copying, the home directories had grown
> from 539G to 907G. There are no strange new directories, and it appears
> that links have been preserved correctly. Anybody have any ideas what
> could have happened?

Do you mean it grew on the destination system between immediately before 
the rsync and immediately after? I that case I would guess that somebody 
added 360G of files in the mean time, or has been using sparse files.

Or do you mean that it was 540G on the old system and 907G on the new? In 
that case I'd guess a difference in filesystem or in cluster size of the 

Cheers, Chris.
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