I wish to use
rsync to copy a lot of data into a OneDrive-synced directory regularly, and leave it up to OneDrive itself to sync that into the cloud.
rsync is my tool of choice as I am using it for various other activities already - but I'm not totally set on it if there is a better way.
We're talking low GB ranges here, but very few of those files change regularly (a few dozen MB per day maybe).
Unfortunately, even though I have tried to tune the
rsync command as much as possible, it looks like on each
rsync run a lot is detected as changed files by OneDrive, and OneDrive runs a very long time (hours) while producing high CPU load as well.
My command looks like this:
rsync -r --no-t -u -W --delete --stats -h $HOME/Data/ $HOME/OneDrive/Backup
I guess a big part of the problem is that OneDrive uses filesystem "magic" to support files that are not actually downloaded right now, and it's a little hard to
rsync to work with that. Basically it would be fine for me if only files that are newer in the source are copied (without looking at the content at all, and giving up early if OneDrive itself modifies any of the times). The
-W is to avoid downloading all the files from the OneDrive cloud everytime the rsync runs for its content-based delta-update (assuming that happens at all when copying locally).
Does anyone know which options to use with
rsync to make this as efficient as possible regarding the OneDrive sync? In other words, I wish for OneDrive to detect as few changes as humanly possible (less upload activity), and not to require rsync to actually open the files to check their content (less download activity).
macOS Monterey 12.5.1 OneDrive 22.191.0911.0001