Totally newbie need to setup rsync

jw schultz jw at
Tue Dec 17 14:35:01 EST 2002

On Tue, Dec 17, 2002 at 08:57:34AM -0500, Jose Lerebours wrote:
> Howdy!
> I am totally new to rsync and most UNIX things.

Welcome aboard.

> We have two servers running SCO OpenServer 3.2 Ver 5.0.6.
> One of the servers is our live operation and the second is
> our backup server.
> I need to keep data from operation server up-to-date in our
> backup server and that's where 'rsync' comes in.
> I already downloaded binaries, unzipped and restored to disk
> but have no idea where to go from here.
> I have looked and have not found for some black & white that
> would, literally, hold me by the hands and guide me through
> the steps of properly installing and configuring 'rsync'.

It would behove you to learn how to read the documentation.
It is difficult at first but while the manpages don't hold
your hand they do actually provide enough info once you
learn how to read them and understand their context.  This
should only take you a few years ;)

In the meantime i'd suggest you start by looking at the
examples and resources at the rsync web site.  You may also
want to use an existing system such as Mike Rubel's
rsync_snapshots or dirvish.

> We do not have a compiler - but since I downloaded binaries,
> not source code, I guess we do not need a compiler.

You would do well to get a compiler.  gcc is free and if it
isn't provided with the OS you should be able to find a
binary package of it for your platform.  Not everything is
available in binary form and sometimes you will have to
compile in order to get bug fixes.

You don't say what version of rsync you have.  The current
released version is 2.5.5  If what you have is an older
release you may wish to upgrade to take advantage of newer
features (at least one backup system actually requires cvs)
and to avoid being impacted by already fixed bugs.

	J.W. Schultz            Pegasystems Technologies
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