On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 12:59:47PM -0500, Chuck Robey wrote: > Your answer is perfectly correct, but a couple of reasons makes me > want to point up a tried & true tool like rsync. It'll do what the > man wants while using ssh to cover security, give really nice running > feedback (if the user likes that sort of thing, I do), and because > it's basically a lot less general a tool than netcat, it's a bunch > simpler for an occaisonal user to figure out the parameters on > ... it's made precisely for this sort of job.
I love rsync for making backups of huge partitions with slowly changing data. It's absolutely brilliant for that. But in this situation I would not recommend it: 1) The dump/restore combo is the _only_ alternative that supports all the features of UFS2 without special options (e.g. flags, ACLs). 2) Rsync will leave old crap on the destination drive, unless you specifiy the --delete option to rsync, or if you wipe the destination drive beforehand, in which case rsync's overhead is useless. 3) Rsync will not tranfers file flags unless compiled with a patch, which is _not_ the default. 4) nc is wickedly fast. When transferring files between my laptop and desktop it easily saturates the 100 Mbit link between them :) 5) Rsync is in ports, which kinda sucks if you have a broken install and need to start from a boot/rescue CD. Dump, restore and nc are part of the base system. Roland -- R.F.Smith http://www.xs4all.nl/~rsmith/ [plain text _non-HTML_ PGP/GnuPG encrypted/signed email much appreciated] pgp: 1A2B 477F 9970 BA3C 2914 B7CE 1277 EFB0 C321 A725 (KeyID: C321A725)
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