[OT] - Backing Up Windows XP to Linux

Hans Fugal hans at fugal.net
Tue Oct 3 18:06:07 MDT 2006

Get rsync working, I'm betting you can. And/or look at Unison (though I
think it uses rsync in the backend).

On Tue,  3 Oct 2006 at 15:00 -0600, Ryan Simpkins wrote:
> I'm flagging this slightly off topic just because it has Windows XP in the subject
> line and I want help - not a bonfire.
> My problem:
> I have a Windows XP (sp2) box chock full of about 60GB of files I want to backup. I
> want to store several days worth of backups on to a 200GB hard drive in a Linux box
> (Debian) located in another city. My data doesn't change all that often - maybe
> 10-50MB/day. I want the backups to be 100% automatic requiring no human interaction
> unless something breaks. The ideal would be to keep two weeks worth of backups. I
> want to do this securely so it can happen over a public network (the Internet).
> The way I want to do it:
> Rsync snapshots would be ideal. I do this with all my Linux boxen and it is awesome.
> It only transfers what is needed, it is fast, and I don't have to worry about it
> much at all. It meets all of the above requirements - just for Linux, not Windows.
> What I ran in to:
> So, thinking rsync was the perfect solution I loaded up cygwin on XP and got ssh
> working and installed rsync. Well, apparently there is an issue with XP SP2 that
> makes it so this doesn't work right. What rsync would do would copy down a ton of
> directories, but no files. Eventually it would get to a random spot and just hang.
> Googling revealed this is essentially a bug in cygwin on XP SP2 that will be fixed
> just as soon as there is an experienced enough coder with the time & desire enough
> to fix it.
> What I want:
> Alternative ideas from you. Is there something like rsync that plays better with XP?
> I want to do some form of snapshotting so it is very fast. I want it to be
> automated. I want the file/backup server to run Linux. I want to use FOSS or
> freeware if possible.
> Now maybe this is just a knowledge thing. I do this so easily between two Linux
> boxen across the Internet. Is there really no easy method to accomplish the same
> task in Windows?
> -Ryan
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