Rsync and rdist-like specials

jw schultz jw at
Thu Feb 19 03:11:55 GMT 2004

On Wed, Feb 18, 2004 at 09:54:01PM -0500, Joseph McDonald wrote:
> Greetings,
> We manage a large farm of systems and push changes, patches,
> new software, etc. out to our clients using kerberized rdist. It's 
> clunky and slow but it's got the magic of specials. Using a special
> one can tell rdist that if a particular file changes, preform this
> command. So, if we make a change to httpd.conf, we can tell rsync
> to bounce httpd. If httpd.conf hasn't change, the process is left
> alone. It's perfect for pushing out updated service config files.
> Is there anything similar in rsync? Thanks!

Not built in.

rsync -v will report to stdout all the files updated.  That
output can be post-processed to do such things.

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