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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 7:09 pm    Post subject: Rsyncing between computers on a LAN Reply with quote

Rsyncing between computers on a LAN

Ok, here's my situation...

I have a Gentoo Web Server. I have a computer (this one im on aka the host) that dual boots between Gentoo, Windows and Slackware (minimal flames please :roll: ). I do my webpage design in Dreamweaver under Windows and I used ftp for updating my webpages to the Gentoo Web Server using FileZilla. But, that process was a pain in the rear end bigtime...


I figured hey, it works with emerge so why not this, ya know? So anyways, here's how I went about getting it up and running to sync my website (and portage while im at it).

Step 1: First off, you need to install rsync on the computer that you would like to be the host for syncing.
emerge -av =rsync

NOTE: the =rsync is important!! Else emerge will sync with a public server via the internet as opposed to installling the rsync daemon

Step 2: Now, simply open up the config file like so... (I like nano, so I used nano)
nano -w /etc/rsync/rsyncd.conf

my config file looks like this...
# Copyright 1999-2004 Gentoo Technologies, Inc.
# Distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License v2
# $Header: /home/cvsroot/gentoo-x86/net-misc/rsync/files/rsyncd.conf,v 1.2 2004/05/02 22:45:02 mholzer Exp $

# Minimal configuration file for rsync daemon
# See rsync(1) and rsyncd.conf(5) man pages for help

# This line is required by the /etc/init.d/rsyncd script
pid file = /var/run/

        # this section is for syncing my website to my Gentoo Web Server from my Gentoo desktop (aka the host)
        comment = my website
        uid = pankey    # its easier then adding the user into the rsync command
        gid = nobody
        exclude = hits  # I have a php file called hits that acts as a hit counter but I do NOT want to overwrite this

        comment = portage
        uid = nobody
        gid = nobody
        exclude = distfiles  # keep this unless you want to share all the tarballs between the pc's

This config accomplishes the syncing of portage and my website, without the headache of using ftp and overwriting only certain files, bla bla bla

Step 3: start the rsyncd daemon
/etc/init.d/rsyncd start

Optionally, you can add rsync to the default run level like so
rc-update add rsync default

Step 4: Leave this computer (the host) and log into the other computer (the client). In my case, my server is in a corner with a power cable and a network cable. So I ssh into the server and make my changes. Now, if you want to sync up the portage tree's, just type in
rsync -uv rsync://<ip-address_or_hostname>/portage /usr/portage

for example, i use
rsync -uv rsync:// /usr/portage

Basically, your telling rsync to compare portage on the host (from [portage] section in the config file) to /usr/portage on the local machine and update (-u) as needed.

And for my website, iI would do
rsync -uv rsync:// /var/www/localhost/htdocs

Hope this helps...Any comments, suggestions or additions? Let me know.

Also, if you would like to see a more secure way to do this with ip allow's and deny's, check out this post by "flybynite"

Last edited by pankey on Thu Jun 03, 2004 9:20 pm; edited 1 time in total
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it is an cool doc i was searching about this :)
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