I have to copy a large directory tree, about 1.8 TB. It's all local. Out of habit I'd use
rsync, however I wonder if there's much point, and if I should rather use
I'm worried about permissions and uid/gid, since they have to be preserved in the copy (I know rsync does this). As well as things like symlinks.
The destination is empty, so I don't have to worry about conditionally updating some files. It's all local disk, so I don't have to worry about ssh or network.
The reason I'd be tempted away from rsync, is because rsync might do more than I need. rsync checksums files. I don't need that, and am concerned that it might take longer than cp.
So what do you reckon,