Suggestions for rsync

Michael Chletsos mpchlets at
Fri Feb 13 17:50:20 GMT 2009

check out drbd - it might do what you want.

It can be thought of as a RAID across networks, since it works on the
device level, not the file level, but it is not a RAID.

On Fri, Feb 13, 2009 at 7:07 AM, Jon Watson <jwatson at> wrote:
> I'm not sure either of this functionality falls within rsync's purview.
> Rsync is an "open source utility that provides fast incremental file
> transfer." It's not an application that mounts drives or clusters space
> or provides P2P functionality.
> I can see using rsync *within* some apps that provide the functionality
> you're looking for, but I don't see this functionality as something that
> rsync itself should do.
> My 0.02.
> Jon
> Ryan hains wrote:
>> Hi, I have 2 Suggestion for rsync.
>> 1)You should have a feature that enables rsync to be able to manage a
>> cluster of web servers with load balancers, so if a person has 100 web
>> servers connected together and running them as a cluster with load
>> balancers, rsync will mount all the hard-drives of the 100 web servers
>> together so they appear as 1 big hard drive. So when a person accesses
>> their website by going to their url like
>> <>, cpanel or any other control panel will
>> display all the hard drives as one big hard drive, so when a user
>> uploads a file, rsync will make it automatically be available on all 100
>> server's hard drives. This would be great for programmers because they
>> won't have to code their scripts to work in a cluster environment
>> because all hard drives will appear as one. rsync should also work with
>> databases like mysql so if a person installs mysql on the 1 big hard
>> drive, rsync would automatically install it on all of the 100 server's
>> hard drives, and if anything is added into the mysql database or
>> changed, rsync will do this instantly. If a person installed PHP or PERL
>> or PYTHON etc onto the 1 big hard drive, rsync would automatically
>> install it on all 100 server hard drives.
>> 2)Rsync should have a feature where a person installs rsync on their
>> server, and then website visitors download a new desktop version of
>> rsync and type in settings that the main server owner gives them and run
>> this file on their home pc and their internet connection becomes part of
>> the main server so their pc hard drive and cpu become part of the main
>> server so when people access the website, some data will be downloaded
>> from the main server, and some from the website visitors who downloaded
>> and are running the app. There should be a bandwidth limiter so users
>> can choose to share either 1Kbps, 56Kbps,128Kbps,1Mbps,10Mbps.
>> Can you pass my suggestions onto the appropriate person/s?
>> Thanks
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