why not a gui for rsync

Suresh Govindachar sgovindachar at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 1 04:34:53 GMT 2007

   Daniel Platteau asked: 

  > I'm using rsync and I'm very glad, but, in some case, i'm not so 
  > happy. 
  > Some people are backing up the data with rsync but they have a 
  > lot of files, more than 100000 and 20 Gb of data. 
  > We are using batch files and the task scheduling system of 
  > windows. 
  > It is difficult to see if the backup is well done, sometimes, 
  > they are error. 

  Yes, it is indeed is very important to know if the backup was 
  successful or if there were any errors!  I do not know the 
  resolution to this important question, but would like to present 
  how I would approach the problem, and invite comments from those 
  who know more about rsync. 

  > We try to make some gui, one in java, an other in c++ and also 
  > one in delphi. 

  I am not sure one needs a gui. 

  > The target was to make a service who can monitor the backup made 
  > with rsync and a gui that shown the state of the backup and 
  > allow the user to easily take back one file or, even, to take 
  > back old versions of the file. 
  > We are using rsync compiled with cygwin, the rsync software is 
  > launch in a shell and we try to collect the information in the 
  > "master programm" who have launched rsync.  This way is maybe 
  > not the best way. 
  Here's are features of rsync that I would attempt to exploit: 
      a) -v option with various levels of verbosity 
      b) --stats 
      c) --log-file=foo 
      d) messages rsync prints to stdout 
      e) messages rsync prints to stderr. 

  Even on Windows, I would attempt to have a perl script fork a 
  child that issues the rsync command.  The parent perl script would 
  monitor items (b-e) and emit summary messages of the status of the 
  rsync command:  the mechanism for the message might just be prints 
  to the console or a pop-up window.  The script can have special 
  triggers for conditions such as detection of errors of certain 
  type or detection of too many errors etc. 

  So I see the need for a document that explains the format, content 
  and interpretation of (a-e) at a user level. 
  > My questions are : 
  > Is there a way to use the rsync protocol directly in a software 
  > without using rsync, like a dll  with a lot of "rsync" 
  > functions. 

  My understanding is that rsync already can provide the status 
  information in an on-going manner -- how one collects, interprets 
  and displays that information is the issue. 

  > Is there some works in the world trying to make a good gui for 
  > rsync and to let all people using this very good method to make 
  > a backup. 
  > If somebody is interesting to create this gui, let me know 

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