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[ubuntu] rsync gobbles resources 12.04

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Friends-- Rsync is gobbling resources, and I do not know why. Can you help me tame the monster? Symptom: When rsync is running a backup, it locks up the machine, so that it takes 30-60 seconds to open a directory in LibreOffice, and another 30-60 seconds to open the file once it shows up in the list and I can click on it. The sytem: This is a production environment. I am working on desktop box that is less than one year old, running Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit. The server is a box that is probably 5 or 6 years old, running Ubuntu 12.04 (3.2.0-54-generic-pae). This is the root crontab comma (Hardware)