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Please stop implying this is mostly safe...
Authored by: Basilisk on Oct 23, '02 12:42:13PM

Its only safe assuming one understands the differences between applications that store data in their resource forks and those which don't. It is not a safe general backup strategy, and is not something to recommend unless one understands the limitations.

Yes, using standard rsync is safe if one is only syncing flat data files like text, image, and most sound formats. One loses the creator code, but this can be replaced.

Standard rsync is completely unsafe for any MacOS X application, particularly Carbon applications that run in 9 and X (which almost always use resource forks).

Standard rsync is also unsafe for application files which do store relevant data in the resource fork. This includes some fairly common file formats, including the ever-so-humble SimpleText document (which stores formatting information in a 'styl' resource). This is a trivial example, but arguing that no one uses SimpleText is beside the point. The point is that unless one is sure that your file formats are rsync safe it is better to use RsyncX.

I'm not clear on why folks feel a need to defend rsync here, since no one is arguing that rsync isn't a great idea (I use it everyday). Just use RsyncX an keep yourself safe.



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