Linux and "offline folders"

Ignazio Palmisano ignazio_io at
Mon Jan 12 10:43:16 UTC 2009

O. Sinclair wrote:
> Ignazio Palmisano wrote:
>> O. Sinclair wrote:
>>> Jonas Norlander wrote:
>>>> 2009/1/9 O. Sinclair <o.sinclair at>:
>>>> I'm using unison to sync my files between 3 computers and it has
>>>> worked fine for my needs. It don't have the automagical you want, it's
>>>> just a secure (SSH) plain and simple synchronization but perhaps it
>>>> can be configured to your needs.
>>> I know about unison, have also had a look at "luckybackup" and 
>>> various rsync facilities. Eg Smb4K has an excellent syncing facility 
>>> as has Krusader. Problem is they all require "user intervention" and 
>>> I would like this to be transparent. To me this is almost "last piece 
>>> of the puzzle" to get a linux-client to replace Windows w/o users or 
>>> management being able to say "and what about this facility/software" 
>>> etc.
>>> At the moment I am looking at csync, it seems very promising:
>>> Sinclair
>> What about combining rsync and cron? Like checking if the remote 
>> folder can be reached every x minutes?
>> I.
> I get a problem with this part, taken from rsync man page:
> "Note that rsync must be installed on both the source and destination 
> machines"
> Given that the server is Windows 2003 Server I doubt rsync will run on 
> it...

Mmm fair point... I wonder if you can mount a samba share with a cron 
job, then the origin and destination machines would be the same, with 
the windows bit only saving the files...

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