Moving data between 2 PCs

Orjan Sinclair o.sinclair at
Tue Oct 10 11:52:46 UTC 2006

Gunner wrote:
> 2006/10/10, O. Sinclair <o.sinclair at 
> <mailto:o.sinclair at>>:
>     Thing drives me round the bend. I am trying to do this using a USB
>     flash memory and not LAN 
> well well, not quite easy to guess from your first question..
>     or easily moved harddisk etc. as I am on 2 laptops. And rsync gave
>     nothing (or I have not correctly figured out recursive - it LOOKED
>     like it copied but the files are not there)
> perhaps you will let us in on, what you are doing, then it is easier 
> to find out what is wrong.
> for example:
> which rsync command
> and then what ls command (if any (or you are using konqueror )
> best greetings
> gunner
As always - help is most appreciated. What I am trying to do is to move 
all my Kmail/Kontact and Thunderbird mail from an existing laptop to the 
new one. They are not connected via LAN or something so I am trying to 
use a USB flash to move the data.  Without any other comparisons in 
WinXP I would simply use some app to sync the involved directories from 
OldPC to USB, then from USB to NewPC.

Trying the same with Krusader or Konq (once you have it show the hidden 
directories under /home/sinclair) gives you all sorts of problems as the 
permissions from OldPC (sinclair is owner, group etc etc) will change 
when you try to move it to NewPC. Owner is still sinclair but group has 
no rights and other items such as rwx will change.

Try to do as root or sudo does not help one bit as owner then becomes 
root... ha ha.

Is there really no reasonably simple way to copy from 1 PC to another 
via removable media?? And keep ownership and rwx permissions as original???

Sinclair - somewhat frustrated as time goes and I am not productive...

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