License on rsync ??
jim at jrssystems.net
Sat Dec 27 13:31:00 EST 2003
> Reading through a couple different places on the internet, of people
> wondering why there are few to no GUI front-ends (are there any good
> ones? if so, much of my questions here can be disregarded).
As JW mentioned, GUI front-ends are normally more popular for Win32 than
for *nix, and rsync (actually more likely cygwin.dll, but it expresses
itself as an rsync problem) has some pretty serious flakiness issues
If you really want to develop an rsync or rsync-ish solution for
customers (I have been doing the same thing for a while now for my own
customers) you have several workable options:
1. get them to use Samba servers to store their files, and use rsync
natively. simple methods of automation and click-the-link-ishness
abound; that's what shell scripts are *for*.
2. get them to use an NFS daemon on their Win32 fileserver(s). there
are both commercial and free ones available. the only real issue I know
of with this approach is that to date, I have not found a Win32 NFS
server that can handle large (over 4GB) files - but I haven't tried many
of the commercial ones.
3. use Unison instead of Rsync. I'm personally not that fond of its
interface because it's *too* helpfully Windows-ish, but that might work
well for you. it has a native win32 port and a native GUI. it also
does not have any issues that I have discovered with cygwin's SSH,
although even if it did you could simply use a different SSH transport -
rsync's cygwin problem is *not* SSH-related.
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