rsync on Interix WSU 3.5

Cedric Puddy cedric at
Tue Jan 20 04:40:38 GMT 2004

Side note about Interix tools -- I just checked on
Interop Systems site, and they don't seem to be currently
maintaining a "port" of rsync.

They maintain prebuilt copies (with source, of course,
and they do submit changes back to maintainers AFAIK
when they make changes) of many useful tools.
If you're of a mind to have your work made more generally
available, I believe they solicate nominations/built
software for the "warehouse", and that they generally
make an effort to ensure that tools in the warehouse
are updated and rebuilt as new versions come out (eg:
potentially saving you having to do again later for
newer versions).

Obviously, I can't vouch for that, since I don't speak
for them, but that's my understanding of part of what
they do.

You may well be pleasantly surprised how it builds --
it should be just like building on any Real Unix
(it is technically, a Real Unix OS that happens to use
the NT microkernel for process scheduling and hardware
abstraction, with some linkages for convience to Win32

If it building it gives you grief, I would be interested
and able to assist with getting it built too, for what
it's worth.

I hope that helps a little,
	Best Regards,


On Tue, 20 Jan 2004, darren wrote:

> I'm need to run a rsync server on a Quad 2.8Ghz , 1Gb RAM, 1Terabyte of
> disk.. Dell 725N - it's a storage, NAS type box running W2K, RAID 5
> etc.. A real beast.. :-)
> The Unix guys want to backup their boxes to this beast using rsync
> clients.
> It would seem that Windows Services for Unix (WSU) is the key.. Current
> version gives me a fully compliant POSIX environment, not reliant on
> cygwin.dll (I've noted Mike's page with rsync binaries for cygwin
> ) - although this would probably
> work .. compared to native WSU performance.. the performance would
> probably lack compared to a native build running directly on WSU..
> I've googled, searched the rsync mailing list and looked thru the WSU
> 3.5 docs - no mention of running rsync under WSU or Interix. 300+
> applications are bundled - but no rsync - bugger.
> So, before I launch into rsync source code, gcc, compiler flags , path
> issues and god knows what else.. has anyone else tried this ?
> Thanks,
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