Originally Posted by waddles
I am attempting to contrive a shell script which will allow me to to use rsync and backup only about 6 directories to a DVD or pair of CDs.
1) am I correct in thinking that rsync is designed primarily to collect all directories then exclude until one has the directories of interest or is there a more direct approach?
2) when archiving to a DVD/CD can one put rsync in a for loop and specify the directory to collect files from one at a time and still be writing to the same device (I hope to devise a means of pausing and inserting an n-th CD unless that is known to be difficult)?
This is for Slackware 13.37 desktop.
Never tired to do anything like that with rsync, but have done something similar using scp.
I did the whole copy first to a single directory on my receiving system, then my script would go through and make a sub-directory, and only move 640MB of data from the parent into it; If the next file to be moved would put it over 640MB, then a new subdir would be made, and the file put there. I was left with one directory, which had sub-directories in it, labeled disc1, disc2, etc. Each the size of a CDROM, ready to burn. That may be easier than trying to figure out how much data is rsync is handling on the fly. Just a suggestion.