SPUG: remote synchronization

dancerboy dancerboy at strangelight.com
Tue Jun 11 16:43:42 CDT 2002

Okay, this is probably more of a Unix question than a strictly Perl 
question, but (as I've mentioned before) posting to SPUG usually 
elicits more useful info (and less useless crap) than posting to the 
more strictly appropriate forums...

Is anyone aware of any simple tools for doing file *synchronization* 
between directories on remote Unix boxes -- preferably using SSL 
connections?  The tools I am aware of are things like CVS that do way 
more than just file synchronization, and require way more setup 
hassle than I'm willing to commit to this right now.  I'm looking for 
a simple tool that would act sort of like scp, except would copy 
files in either direction depending on modification times.  E.g., 
where I could type something like:

   sync  /foo   remote.host.address:/bar

at a shell prompt, and the contents of /foo on the localhost would 
get synchronized with the contents of /bar on the remote host, with 
newer files overwriting older files (in either direction).

Any suggestions?  Or do I have to re-invent yet another wheel and 
write this thing myself (in Perl, of course)?


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