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Re: Bugs and features

From: Chris Edillon
Subject: Re: Bugs and features
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 08:43:01 -0400 (GMT+4)

On Sat, 22 Sep 2001 address@hidden wrote:

> > 4.  Big change! How about using the rsync algorithm for remote copies. I
> > believe an rsync library is 
> >     available. Either that, or simply use rsyncd as the server instead of
> > cfd. Relegate cfd to be the 
> >     remote invocation agent for cfrun only.
> > 
> > Regards,
> > Frank Ranner
> Just briefly:
> Recent independent measurments showed that cfengine file copying
> is faster than rsync, unless encryption is used .. which is madness
> for most applications.
  the one nice thing that i can do with rsync that i have a much 
harder time doing with cfd/copy is "mirroring" a directory and its
subdirectories from a central location to the cfengine clients.
i can recursively copy over a directory and its contents via a
copy directive, but if i then remove files from the source directory,
they don't get automatically removed on the clients unless i set up
a separate tidy action.  plus, sometimes it's nice to retain not
only file permissions, but ownership as well.
  so, possible enhancements to cfd and the copy directive might
include the equivalents of rsync's --delete flag (and --force so
that whole subdirs could be removed client-side), and the -a
flag (archive mode, in which permissions, ownership, group, times,
etc. are all transferred along with the files themselves).


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