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Subject: Re: Auto-sync files
From: L. Scott Emmons (rboxrox_at_egads.dhs.org)
Date: 2003-05-09


On Thursday 08 May 2003 10:02, Josh wrote:
> The iPod has a nice feature where as soon as you plug in to the
> computer, it automatically synchronizes the iPod with the PC. So for
> example if you rip or download some songs on the PC they would magically
> appear in the mp3 player next time you plugged in.
>
> This would be a very good feature for us to have! Besides syncing
> music, it could also be used to automatically backup important documents
> etc. for those like me who aren't good at remembering to do so (in other
> words you could keep C:\My Documents synchronized with a "/pc/My
> Documents" directory on the Archos).

My opinion: Just use rsync. Builds are available for win32 (try via cygwin).
It's cross-platform, very well understood, and used by bazillions of people.
It will only copy things that have changed, or pretty much anything else you
want to do with it. A google search should turn up what you need.

Personally, I think well understood, cross-platform solutions are the best for
this sort of thing. Especially with a cygwin build, you could keep a platform
agnostic sync script on the archos itself, so if you add things to the
script, the additions go with you.

With linux, it would be trivial to wire it to sync automatically when plugged
in (USB hotplugging). I have no idea how you would do this automatically on
windows, but I guess you could just make an icon to script or whatever.
Though personally, I think auto-sync on USB is a bad idea. So what if I have
to type a command (or click on something, or whatever).

Just one *nix geek's view of the world,
-Scott



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