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Update directories using a flash drive
Authored by: melodrama on Apr 11, '07 06:23:02AM

This hint makes me realise I'm not alone in thinking there must be simpler solution to the problem of keeping a directory in sync between work and home computers, without having to lug an external hard drive around. I need to keep a large (about 5GB) directory of pdf files in sync between a work PC and a home Mac, all sorted into appropriate sub-directories. I currently do this manually by copying any changed files onto a flash memory stick and then copying them onto the other machine when I get home. The flash drive is not big enough to contain a copy of the entire directory, but can easily hold just the changed files. Ideally, some little program or script would identify added or changed files, copy them to the flash drive, then put them into the corresponding sub-directory when the flash drive was connected to the other machine. Then it would repeat the process in the opposite direction.

Synchronization utilities are no good as they require a disk big enough to hold the entire directory. Unison is no good as it requires a network connection between the 2 machines (which most admins baulk at).

Anyone have any other ideas?



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