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    Default Syncing files across computers

    I'm looking for a program that I can use to sync files between two computers. I have a laptop that travels around with me and I want a simple way of transferring the new/changed files to the desktop computer.
    I'm looking for something that would be simple and quick (point & click) to transfer/backup:
    photos
    KDE PIM (emails, contacts and calender)
    documents
    music etc.

    Anyone got any ideas?
    OpenSuse 11.3
    KDE 4.5.2

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    Default Re: Syncing files across computers

    asarge wrote:

    >
    > I'm looking for a program that I can use to sync files between two
    > computers. I have a laptop that travels around with me and I want a
    > simple way of transferring the new/changed files to the desktop
    > computer.
    > I'm looking for something that would be simple and quick (point &
    > click) to transfer/backup:
    > photos
    > KDE PIM (emails, contacts and calender)
    > documents
    > music etc.
    >
    > Anyone got any ideas?
    > OpenSuse 11.3
    > KDE 4.5.2
    >
    >


    I don't believe it's quite p&c but unison is supposed to be pretty good.
    http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison/

    I haven't used it myself but I'm just starting to consider it to replace a
    script using rsync which needs some sort of flagging system to work out
    which way to rsync.

    Caveat: ISTR unison won't handle unicode filenames.

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    Default Re: Syncing files across computers

    Unison is nice, indeed.


    There's also:
    qsync
    grsync
    gadmin-rsync
    multisync-gui


    You could also think of writing some script, that runs rsync with it's desired options.
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    Default Re: Syncing files across computers

    Quote Originally Posted by Knurpht View Post
    There's also:
    qsync
    grsync
    gadmin-rsync
    multisync-gui
    There is also csync, it's similar to rsync, but it's bidirectional.

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    On 2010-10-27 14:35, Fudokai wrote:

    > I don't believe it's quite p&c but unison is supposed to be pretty good.
    > http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison/


    It is good, I use it. It will determine which is the newer version of each file and move it across
    in the appropiate direction. First it asks you for aproval. It has a plain text configuration file
    in which the main paths are entered, and then the exceptions.


    > Caveat: ISTR unison won't handle unicode filenames.


    I'm not aware of that :-?

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    Default Re: Syncing files across computers

    I use unison and it works great .

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    If the size of files you want to sync is relatively small (< 2GB) there are a couple of services do that for you. Dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/) is very convenient to sync one folder (I usually put all of my working documents into the dropbox folder) and there is SpiderOak (https://spideroak.com/) which is more flexible in terms for which folder to sync. It is very convenient becasuse they sync files in the background and you don't have to do anything.

    -Joon

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    Thanks for all the sugestions. I'm trying to get Unison working but get this error from "make" command.
    Code:
    Error: Files uigtk2.cmx and /usr/lib64/ocaml/lablgtk2/lablgtk.cmxa
           make inconsistent assumptions over interface GdkEvent
    make: *** [unison] Error 2
    I have lablgtk installed.
    Any ideas?

    I have looked at dropbox but at the moment I have about 90Gb of photos (and this is increasing quickly)

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Syncing files across computers

    On 2010-10-27, asarge <asarge@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:
    >
    > I'm looking for a program that I can use to sync files between two
    > computers. I have a laptop that travels around with me and I want a
    > simple way of transferring the new/changed files to the desktop
    > computer.
    > I'm looking for something that would be simple and quick (point &
    > click) to transfer/backup:
    > photos
    > KDE PIM (emails, contacts and calender)
    > documents
    > music etc.
    >
    > Anyone got any ideas?
    > OpenSuse 11.3
    > KDE 4.5.2


    Yup. Make good backups, you'll need them.

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    On 2010-10-28 00:36, asarge wrote:
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    > Thanks for all the sugestions. I'm trying to get Unison working but get
    > this error from "make" command.


    Why do you make it, instead of downloading the distribution rpm? Any reason for that?

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