Data Pull Vs Push

Charles Marcus CMarcus at
Mon Jan 16 13:29:38 MST 2012

On 2012-01-16 3:03 PM, Kevin Korb <kmk at> wrote:
> On 01/16/12 09:55, L. V. Lammert wrote:
>> On Mon, 16 Jan 2012, Satish Shukla wrote:
>>> b)      pulling  the data from source to destination   ( i.e.
>>> running rsync from destination machine)

>> The main reason to pull is with hard linking of the saved files,
>> e.g. rsnapshot - only possible with a pull operation. Security is
>> also a little better, as you have a single authorized command key
>> on the remote machine so the backup machine can be secured better
>> (behind a firewall).

 > Actually, rsync is completely capable of doing hard links
 > (--link-dest) in push or pull mode.  It is rsnapshot that artificially
 > imposes that limitation to rsync.

Eh?? What are you two talking about?

I've been doing push backups with hardlinks using rsnapshot for a long 
time. My understanding is that this is much *slower* than pulling them, 
but it certainly *works*.


Best regards,


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