Moving data between 2 PCs

Orjan Sinclair o.sinclair at
Tue Oct 10 15:14:35 UTC 2006

marcus wrote:
> On Tuesday 10 October 2006 16:15, Billy Pollifrone wrote:
>> On 10/10/06, Orjan Sinclair <o.sinclair at> wrote:
>> Is there really no reasonably simple way to copy from 1 PC to
>> another via removable media?? And keep ownership and rwx
> There's a simple way, especially good for USB sticks. I use "Unison".
> - Install unison and the GTK frontend unison-gtk, via synaptic or:
> apt-get update
> apt-get install unison unison-gtk
> - Mount the USB drive(s) and run unison-gtk. Note: If the USB drives are 
> formatted with FAT, as I suspect they are, then run "sudo unison-gtk" 
> (see note below).
> Unison will ask you to select source and destination, then show a report 
> of the files which have changed. It's a very simple and fast way to 
> keep backups on a USB stick, or sync files on various drives.
> CAUTION: This goes for any sync program (you may know from Syncback on 
> Windows). If you edit on both drives, meaning source and destination 
> may change, then check in which direction you are copying, especially 
> if a file has been deleted on the source side. I would first play 
> around with test files before using your important data.
> Note: Since FAT does not support all the permissions of a Linux file 
> system, run unison as root. This is the only method I found to work 
> properly with FAT formatted drives. Mounting with various permissions 
> causes weird issues simply because FAT is different to EXT2/3.
> When using FAT and EXT2/3 drives, you may need to experiment because of 
> the different file systems and permissions. Do some test runs first.
> HTH,
> Marcus
thanks for the tip, will check it out!

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