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From Les Mikesell <>
Subject Re: how to contribute feature of unknown popularity
Date Thu, 15 Jul 2010 12:44:06 GMT
Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote:
>> You can run rsync on windows using cygwin, or you can use one of the
>> Windows ports (google mentions DeltaCopy and cwrsync on the first page,
>> there are probably more). rsync is free software, licensed under the GPL.
>> See for more details.
> And, at last check as part of an attempt at an rsnapshot based backup
> system, it hangs on open files.

No it doesn't.  A lot of people use it as the transport for backups in backuppc 
and while it may skip files that the OS has locked, it doesn't hang when using 
rsync in daemon mode.

> I had to do it my original way, which
> was to export the filesystem via CIFS, mount it and do the backups on
> the relevant rsnapshot server, because the hanging rsync issue was
> deadly.

There was an old (and long-standing) bug when using rsync under cygwin sshd that 
would hang more or less at random.  It is fixed in current versions.  But even 
in the older version you could issue the rsync command on the windows side and 
use ssh with a linux/unix version under sshd on the remote side.

>> If you require encryption, rsync traffic can be encrypted using SSH or
>> stunnel (see If your server runs Linux, SSH is probably
>> the easier solution. With a Windows server, stunnel might be the better
>> option since running an SSH server on Windows requires cygwin.
> There are some commercial SSH servers and toolkits as well. If you
> need both rsync and SSH services on the same windows server, CygWin is
> the way to go.

If you don't need encryption, you can just run rsync as a standalone daemon (use 
  double-colons in the rsync command for that mode).  If you do need encryption 
you might use OpenVPN to set up tunnels with the staging server - which might 
also be useful for VNC or other control access too.  Or with the current 1.7.x 
version, cygwin sshd should work the way you expect.

>> I think that using a high-quality sync tool such as rsync is definitely
>> a better solution to the problem you're trying to solve.
> I'm mystified about using export on his core server. Do a checkout and
> svn update to a something like "SRCDIR" on the core server, to avoid
> the "this file is locked" issue, and use "rsync -av --exclude=.svn
> /SRCDIR/ REMOTEHOST:/TARGETDIR/" syntax to push only that updated
> code.

Rsync has the -C option for exactly this purpose - to exclude files that are 
normally cvs or svn metadata and cruft left over from compiles.  But look at the 
list of the built in excludes to make sure it won't skip anything you need. 
Rsync is also better than most means of copying into a live system because it 
will construct a new copy of existing files under a temporary name and rename it 
only when complete.  That way, running programs never see inconsistent files and 
they aren't left in an inconsistent state if the transfer is interrupted.

   Les Mikesell

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