[librsync-devel] Re: state of the rsync nation? (revisited 6/2003 from 11/2000)

Martin Pool mbp at samba.org
Wed Jun 11 11:25:22 EST 2003

On 10 Jun 2003, Brad Hards <bhards at bigpond.net.au> wrote:

> Yep. Also, I was playing with the idea of rsync with Service Location Protocol 
> to use as a replacement for the crappy practice of sharing data over floppy 
> disks. The rough concept was that each machine had a shared directory, which 
> you could conveiently label and advertise over SLP. 

That could be a pretty nice thing.  We use little rsync shares on
workstations here for sharing files, and I know some people do the
same with FTP. 

What aside from SLP would make this more useful?

> Go superlifter! For what it is worth, the things I identified during the 
> abortive kioslave / SLPv2 share development:
> 1. More secure than FTP.
> 2. Easy to label shares/directories and provide fine grained access control, 
> if desired.
> 3. Client side library that doesn't require hellish text parsing, or at least 
> hides it from you.
> 4. Well delimited packets, so you can tell when one has been
> dropped.

Can you give more detail on those?

What do you mean by packets being dropped?  How can that happen on a
TCP channel?


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