[SASAG] Windows <-> Unix Sync?

Garrett Honeycutt ghoneycutt at hq.speakeasy.net
Mon Apr 13 11:19:26 PDT 2009

Bill Levering wrote:
> What do you use when sync'ng between Windows & Unix?
> Generally, my only solution is ftp (which IIS constantly drops  
> connections) but I could install some 'custom' solution (ssh w/cygwin  
> or another ftp program)... from there, I call 'ncftpget -E -V -R  
> [host] [local_dir] [remote_dir]' twice, to make sure I get all the  
> files (because of the dropped connections).
> What other options are there?
> Bill

I was working at a dotcom a while back and was tired of supporting Samba 
for a small user base and switched people to Sftpdrive, which is now 
Expandrive ( http://www.expandrive.com/windows ). It allows you to mount 
a file system over SSH. If you want to sync between the two, you can 
just write scripts that do simple copies and the data can be accessible 
by both platforms.

A quick search brought up Dokan ( http://dokan-dev.net/en/download/ ), 
which appears to do SSHFS for Windows, as well.

I enjoyed this approach as I did not have to maintain any additional 
services or wrap scripts around other protocols (like ftp in your 
comments), since everything was happening on the file system.

Good luck,

Garrett Honeycutt
Sr. Systems Engineer


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