Standalone rsync for Win98?

David E. Weekly david at
Wed Jul 10 03:31:01 EST 2002


Thank you for your reply.

Let me clarify my original post. We are indeed using Cygwin, but an older
version, as recent builds of Cygwin take obscenely long to do simple
operations like "rm", "touch", "cp", or "tar" (when uncompressing) on
Windows 2000 using NTFS. Consequently, we've stuck with older versions of
Cygwin that seem to be much faster (>10x!) at these operations. It is for
this reason we have not upgraded Cygwin.

Is there a particular reason why there is no standalone rsync for Windows?

 David Weekly
 Software Engineer
 There, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: David Starks-Browning [mailto:starksb at]
Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2002 3:06 AM
To: David E. Weekly
Cc: rsync at
Subject: Standalone rsync for Win98?
Importance: High

On Tuesday 9 Jul 02, David E. Weekly writes:
> We use rsync extensively at our company for Unix servers and Windows
> 2000/XP/ME interoperability. Unfortuantely, our rsync.exe that runs
> fine in 2000, ME, and XP crashes under Win98. Cygwin does offer an
> answer, but due to performance reasons, we've shied away from recent
> builds. Is there a standalone rsync that can send and receive that
> works on Windows98?

I don't understand how you could be using rsync.exe on 2000/XP/ME
without also having Cygwin.  I know of no "native" Windows port of
rsync, only the Cygwin version.  Now, "Cygwin" means different things
to different people.  Rsync.exe requires only cygwin1.dll.  Run
<> and you get a it more than just
cygwin1.dll.  But that's a difference in features, not performance.

So (I believe) you are already using Cygwin.  If it's not working on
Win98, consider upgrading Cygwin and/or rsync to get bugfixes.  Or
report what's broken so it can be fixed.  (I have not used the latest
rsync+cygwin on Win98 lately, so I can't guarantee that it works.  But
someone will have to report it if it's not working.)

You will have to explain your particular Windows rsync.exe
installation if the above does not apply to you.

(Cygwin FAQ maintainer)

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