rcopy.pl an Perl script for rsync (with XML config)

Luis M lemsx1 at hotmail.com
Sat Sep 7 19:08:00 EST 2002

Hello all,

I have been working on a Perl script called "rcopy.pl" that basically allows 
you to configure rsync via an XML file. It's very easy to use. And it's very 
usable at this point.
* allows you to create your own set of rules to backup a system 
(synchronize) -- a la 'rdist'
* you can have multiple servers and user accounts for different sources in 
one single config file
* you can have multiple configuration files (one per directory) or a global 
one in your $HOME directory
* it allows to create an example .rcopy.xml file that you can edit by hand, 
or you can use the script to edit an existing config file
* it runs interactively for customization configuration and non-interactive 
( -d ) in a daemon-like way when synchronizing
* it uses a lock mechanism to ensure only one script runs at a time

* perl-XML-Simple CPAN module (and what XML-Simple depends on)
* Perl (duh?)
* rsync (:-))

You can take this baby for a test drive at:


And you can read an article I did explaining it's usage (Spanish only, use 
the Fish to translate -- http://world.altavista.com ) from this link:


Luis Mondesi
System Administrator/Web developer

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