Special files and Cygwin
jw at pegasys.ws
Tue Nov 18 22:02:01 EST 2003
On Fri, Nov 14, 2003 at 09:08:12AM -0800, Pier Paolo Glave wrote:
> I'm trying to use rsync to backup a linux filesystem
> to a windows server.
> I followed the hints that I found at
> http://www.tiarnan.phlegethon.org/rsyncntdoc.html to
> run rsync on windows, and it works quite well.
> The only problem I found is that windows is not able
> to backup linux special files (/dev/*).
> I don't know if the problem is in the way rsync has
> been compiled, or simply in the fact that mknod.exe is
Ultimately the problem is that Windows doesn't have special
files. Not in the OS nor in the filesystems. The fact that
there is no mknod.exe is irrelevant though indicative.
UNIX/Linux and Windows have completely different semantics
so there will be some loss of metadata going either
J.W. Schultz Pegasystems Technologies
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