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Rsync Backup Utility And Grsync For Linux

Rsync Backup Utility And Grsync For Linux.

Rsync is a command-line tool developed by Wayne Davison. It is popular with Linux users, especially system administrators. It has a large amount of incremental backups, update of entire directory tree and file system, both local and external backups, as well as retaining file permissions, ownership rights, links, and more.

The program comes with a graphical user interface called Grsync, and further arguments are that rsync can be set up to take automated backup copies using scripts and cron jobs when used by experienced system administrators.

Rsync (Remote Sync) is one of the most common commands to copy and synchronize files and directories both via remote and locally in Linux / Unix systems.

Using the rsync command, you can copy and synchronize your data remotely and locally in directories, over disks and networks, perform data backup and mirroring between two Linux machines.

License: GNU/GPL V3

Latest version: 3.3.0 - 2023-04-29

Some common options used with rsync command prompt:

  • -v : verbose
  • -r : copies data recursively (but don’t preserve timestamps and permission while transferring data
  • -a : archive mode, archive mode allows copying files recursively and it also preserves symbolic links, file permissions, user & group ownerships and timestamps.
  • -z : compress file data
  • -h : human-readable, output numbers in a human-readable format

How to install via a terminal window:

sudo apt-get install rsync

Copy / sync files on a local computer:

rsync -zvh backup.tar /tmp/backups/

Created directory:


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Graphical User Interface ( Grsync ):

For users who prefer to use a GUI ( Graphical User Interface ), there is Grsync. Grsync is developed with the GTK+ widget toolkit and like rsync, Grsync is free and open-source software licensed under the GNU General Public License.

NOTE: Developed by Piero Orsoni.
License: GNU/GPL

Latest version: 1.3.0 - 2020-11-23 ( GTK3 enabled )

How to install via a terminal window:

sudo apt-get install grsync

Press Enter.

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