starksb at ebi.ac.uk
Fri Oct 25 09:53:01 EST 2002
On Friday 25 Oct 02, wolfe-mcse at ev1.net writes:
> I have searched the archives, and even read what has been posted on the site
> regarding a Win32 port of rsync. Though I have found a problem with
> everything. The URLs for building your own, or downloading the compiled
> binaries for the Win32 platform are no longer valid. Therein the problem
> lies, as the information is outdated, and still easily available on the site
If you give precise details, maybe the rsync.samba.org maintainer(s)
can repair the information.
> What is the current interest in a port of rsync to the Microsoft Windows
> Is anyone interested in helping port rsync to the Microsoft Windows
There is already a "Cygwin" port of rsync. In fact you can download
rsync along with Cygwin from <http://cygwin.com/>. There is at least
one "minimalist" distribution that includes only rsync, ssh and
cygwin1.dll (and sources, of course) so you can skip all the
other brilliant stuff that comes with a "default" Cygwin setup.
However, there are problems with the Cygwin "port". Cygwin does not
support large files (> 2GB). Cygwin will not attempt to support new
versions of Microsoft Windows until they are officially released.
Moreover, when the new Windows *is* released, updating Cygwin will
depend on the contributions of volunteers. (Like yourself, perhaps?)
I believe that a true "native" Windows port (i.e., one that does not
require the UNIX emulation layer that Cygwin provides) would be quite
Hope this answers some of your questions.
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