why not a gui for rsync
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
> 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
> 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
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"
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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