Can tar be piped through rsync?

prosolutions at prosolutions at
Mon Mar 22 17:28:58 GMT 2004

I am trying to work out a backup solution whereby an entire Linux drive can
be rsynced to a mounted external firewire/usb hard drive that has a vfat
filesystem on it.

To preserve ownership and permissions it is necessary to do something like 
tar -cf dir1.tar dir1/ | rsync /win/rsync 

however this command does not work.  Does anyone know if it is even possible
to do such a thing?  Also, if it is possible, will it be possible to use
rsync again to incrementally update dir1.tar on the vfat filesystem?


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