PST Rsync Issues
Jason.Haar at trimble.co.nz
Mon Mar 3 19:55:58 GMT 2008
Jon Watson wrote:
> I'm curious if PSTs are just un-rsyncable due to their makeup or if
> there is something I can do to pare down this transfer and subsequent
> Any tips or ideas are welcome.
Outlook PST files are effectively database files. They can be optionally
compressed and encrypted. If either of these options are enabled, I'd
say it would completely screw up rsync's potential to do a differential
copy - i.e. you'd transfer the lot every time. Even if those options
aren't enabled, it could be that the data is altered dramatically each
time a change in Outlook occurs that it still screws up rsync.
Basically PST (and OST) files don't play nicely with differential copy
tools. Similarly, the new Office 2007 format (basically compressed XML
files) and OpenOffice format won't play nicely either - as compressed ==
random data - and rsync won't see linear changes in them like it can in
(hope there's nothing too incorrect in the above. I'm sure someone will
shout at me if I'm wrong ;-)
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