Posted by: kezhong | June 9, 2009

rsync lab on Fedora 10

rsync is a software application for Unix systems which synchronizes files and directories from one location to another while minimizing data transfer using delta encoding when appropriate. rsync copies only the diffs of files that have actually changed, compressed and through ssh if you want to for security. The rsync server is referred to as the backup server. An rsync server can backup the data of multi clients, and multi rsync servers can also backup the data of one client.

Server configuration

1. Open the /etc/rsyncd.conf file, and add the following lines.
uid = nobody
gid = nobody
use chroot = no
log file = /var/log/rsyncd.log 
pid file = /var/run/
lock file = /var/run/rsync.lock
   path = /home/joker/test1
   comment = home joker test1
   ignore errors
   read only = yes
   list = no
   auth users = joker
   secrets file = /etc/rsyncd.scrt

2. Add user name and password to the /etc/rsyncd.scrt file.
# echo “joker:seneca99” >> /etc/rsyncd.scrt
# chmod 600 /etc/rsyncd.scrt 

3. Modify the /etc/xinetd.d/rsync file, and change the “disable=yes” to “disable=no”. Then start the rsync service.
# service xinetd restart 

4. Create the “test1” directory under the user joker home directory.
$ mkdir /home/joker/test1 

Client test

1. Create the test1 directory and create a file named testfile in it.
$ mkdir /home/joker/test1
$ vi testfile 

2. Copy the testfile to the server using rsync command.
$ cd ~/test1
$ rsync –avz testfile joker@
sending incremental file list

send 577 bytes received 31 bytes 135.11 bytes/sec
total size is 101124 speedup is 166.32 

3. On the server side, I found that the file had been copied to the test1 directory.


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