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Date:      Mon, 29 Jan 2007 17:17:32 -0800
From:      Doug Hardie <bc979@lafn.org>
To:        Joe Auty <joe@netmusician.org>
Cc:        Gable Barber <gablebarber@gmail.com>, freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Sorta OT - Backup solutions Mac to FreeBSD
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On Jan 29, 2007, at 14:00, Joe Auty wrote:

> I've heard of many people having problems with RsyncX and the  
> version of rsync included in OS X crapping out and being unreliable.
>
> RsyncX and the patched rsync (the former being a GUI for the CLI  
> rsync) that ships with OS X attempts to preserve resource forks and  
> other file metadata (a lot of it from the OS 9 era where this stuff  
> mattered). If you don't care at all about these attributes (I  
> don't), I would recommend building a copy of the stock rsync from  
> Macports, similar to FreeBSD ports in design: http://www.macports.org
>
> Here is a partial (or possibly complete) list of file metadata that  
> I believe would be lost by using the stock rsync in OS X:
>
> - get info/Finder comments (this has been replaced with Spotlight  
> comments in 10.4 which are saved to the Spotlight DB, not as file  
> metadata)
>
> - application associations for files without file extensions
>
> - application associations for many OS 9 files, since OS 9 did not  
> force file extensions and many users didn't bother with them
>
> - custom icons pasted on

I have heard that also.  However, I have been using it for backups  
for about 3 years now and every time the backup disk boots and  
everything I check works normally.



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