Confusion regarding rsync vs. rsyncx

Dan Pritts danno at
Wed Jun 1 20:31:28 GMT 2005

rsyncX is mac-to-mac only.  

Check out this page:

which should do pretty much what you want.

On Wed, May 25, 2005 at 08:23:38PM -0400, Andrew Gideon wrote:
> We currently do backup using rsync amongst Linux and Solaris machines. 
> Modulo an ACL issue that we had to patch, this is working extremely well.
> But I want to add our OSX machines to the mix.  This is, unfortunately,
> leaving me confused about rsyncx.
> I can do the normal thing from OSX using rsync.  But the page for rsyncx
> says - cryptically, in my ignorant opinion - that rsyncx adds support for
> HFS+.
> Is this important?  More, does it make a difference if the target of the
> backup is not OSX but Linux (and is therefore not running either rsyncx or
> HFS+)?
> If I'm backing up an OSX machine running rsync to a Linux machine, am I
> missing something that will prevent successful/complete restores?  Is this
> solved by backing up from OSX running rsyncx to a Linux machine running
> rsync?  Or can this only be solved by using OSX as the backup target (which
> isn't terribly likely in my current environment)?
> Thanks for any insight into this...
>  Andrew
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