rsync not backing up all files

Robert Moskowitz rgm at
Wed Dec 18 12:56:50 UTC 2013

I am getting ready for a new install to f20 (currently still lagging 
behind on f17).  I attached a 2TB USB drive, stopped MOST tasks (firefox 
with 16 open windows, a few terminals some running SSH, and VNC), and 
ran the following:

$ rsync -ah --stats ./ /run/media/rgm/6XW1484R/lx120e.htt/rgm/backup-131218

Number of files: 30174
Number of files transferred: 25251
Total file size: 34.93G bytes
Total transferred file size: 34.93G bytes
Literal data: 34.93G bytes
Matched data: 0 bytes
File list size: 776.54K
File list generation time: 0.121 seconds
File list transfer time: 0.000 seconds
Total bytes sent: 34.94G
Total bytes received: 499.44K

sent 34.94G bytes  received 499.44K bytes  23.53M bytes/sec
total size is 34.93G  speedup is 1.00


So the question is why were ~5k files NOT copied?  Properties on 
/home/rgm shows ~42GB disk used.

I am going to do a clean install to a new 256GB SSD drive (hopeing to 
get more inflight operating time), so backing up everything to restore 
seems important.  Unless there are that many hidden files MOST of which 
(need ./.ssh for example) are not needed.

Plus I would like rsync to report how long it actually took to run. I 
can't find an option for that.

thank you for your help.

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