[clug] rsync - suck or blow

Damien Elmes clug at repose.cx
Thu Jun 5 13:34:42 EST 2003

Burn Alting <burn at goldweb.com.au> writes:

> My question is, should I set up a rsync server on the remote system and
> then my box can 'suck' down the data, or set it up in reverse, set the
> rsync server up on my box and get the remote system to 'blow' the data
> down to me?

It's probably easier to just have rsync installed on the remote host, and run
rsync with -e ssh to tunnel over an ssh connection.

> Does anyone have bad experiences with either way?
> Are both approaches the same in terms speed, cost etc?

Security should be your primary concern, unless this is on a private network.
Think in terms of which host is more likely to be compromised, and whether an
rsync server or password-less ssh keys is likely to result in the other box
being attacked.

Damien Elmes

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