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2002-05-15: rsync is not official GNU software, but we try to
work more or less in accordance with their Guidelines for
Maintaining GNU Software.
- 2002-04-10: A new tutorial on using rsync to create a system of rotating
backups, by Mike Rubel.
- If you still don't know what rsync is, then take a look at the
- There is now a perl script that implements
atomic update of the received files at the end of the transfer (when pulling).
- Brian Elliott Finley has put together a great Linux install system based
on rsync. You you read about it at http://thefinleys.com/SystemImager/
- Dirvish is a fast, disk based,
rotating network backup system that was originally written by JW Schultz.
- BackupPC: a backup
system using rsync. Hard-links all identical files (even between multiple
runs and multiple backup sources), compresses the files, provides an easy
interface to find and restore files, etc.
- drsync: a wrapper for rsync
that remembers file sets between invocations so that a 2-way synchronization
of two systems is possible.
- rsyncbackup: a helper
script that uses config files to setup multiple backup scenarios and
invokes rsync (or rsyncX on MacOS).
- Users who use the new character-set conversion option of rsync (--iconv)
may want to check into the convmv
package that lets you convert the names of already-transferred files into a
new characterset (for when you want to change or normalize the characterset
of a hierarchy of files).
- For those wanting to use launchd to run an rsync daemon (e.g. Mac
OS X Tiger users), Glen Scott provides the necessary
- For the developer wanting to work on a branched rsync version based on
one of the diffs in the patches dir, you may want to check into Matt's
- There are a few choices for making rsync work with OS X's resource forks.
One is the official apple patch found on their opendarwin site, such as
(I've heard patch inefficiently transfers the entire resource fork information
for every file on every transfer.) Another choice is to use a third-party
adapted rsync, such as
rsyncx or a
patch by D Andrew Reynhout. For the future, I would like to see an rsync
that supports ACLs and Posix xattrs adapted to interact with resource forks in
a seamless way (if that's possible).
- Piero Orsoni wrote a GTK-based GUI for rsync called
- Those interested in using an rsync daemon over SSL may be interested in
this wiki page
that outlines a way to use a modern, simplified stunnel setup.
- Thomas Roessler has written an rsync wrapper for
safe CVS mirroring.
- Rsync is distributed with the
rrsync perl script
that lets you restrict the rsync commands that can be run via ssh. (This is
an enhanced version of Joe Smith's
- Lee Eakin has written a perl wrapper for rsync.
- A wire-compatible rsync implementation in perl.
- A REXX implementation of rsync.
- An initial version of a rewrite of rsync for .Net.
- You might want to check out an encryption program that is being developed
to produce more rsync-friendly output:
- If you need a 2-way synchronization because both ends of the transfer may
be changing files, you may want to either look into a tool designed to do this
(e.g. unison), or you may
wish to use an external wrapper for rsync that keeps extra data about what was
in the last transfer so that it can figure out if a file is new or deleted