How to backup to rsync destination?

Asked by Andreas Schildbach

I have a NAS that has rsyncd running. I'd like to use that as the backup destination.

How is this possible with BiT? For now, it seems I can only use mounted network shares. Because pulling huge files via network is slow, it would make sense to actually use the syncing magic of rsync and save lots of time on backups.

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Dan (danleweb) said :

In the next version BIT will no longer use "--whole-file" option so rsync will decide the best method to update files (full copy or just a patch). But you will still be responsible to mount the remove file system (as a sambs, sshfs ...). It will not use rsync protocol.

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Andreas Schildbach (schildbach) said :

I can only urge you to use the rsync protocol. When you mount the destination as a remote filesystem, rsync still has to read all files on the destination over the network, which can take a long time. This means even differential backups take ages. In contrast, I have just done a differential backup of 60 GB with only a few changed files in under 5 seconds!

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Timo Ollech (iromeister) said :

Yes, please, that's my no. 1 wish for version 1.0! Actually using the rsync protocol ist just another option to the rsync executable, shouldn't be that hard to implement?!

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Ploc (ploc) said :

Same wish.

My NAS is also rsync compliant. I'd like to have the chance to use the powerful rsync protocol.

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