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Old 05-24-2010, 10:12 AM   #1
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how do I make unison transfer newer files during sync?


Hi There,
I have unison running on both my laptop and desktop, both use Ubuntu 10.04 (AMD64), I have my unison script set up to copy new files, but when it have 2 files already in place I have to manually tell it how to deal with it (either copy laptop->desktop or visa-versa). I would prefer to just run unison and click go, or possibly have an icon on the desktop I can click to automatically run it.

Does anyone know how to set it in the script file to copy the newest file over the older file, whether it be laptop -> desktop or desktop -> laptop?

I have it set up so I can do work on my desktop machine, then when I want to leave my desk to work elsewhere, I run unison on the laptop and synchronize my Firefox bookmarks, emails and schoolwork so I can continue from where I left off and when I get back I run unison again to synchronize all my changes back to the desktop.

many thanks
 
Old 05-24-2010, 11:23 AM   #2
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I've only played with unison a little so far, so I'm not an expert, but I believe you just add "prefer=newer" to your script. There's also a "force=newer" option, and preferpartial/forcepartial for fine-tuning which files get copied which way, but to tell the truth I'm not completely clear on the differences between all these settings.

http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/u...ual.html#prefs

But be sure to read the manual carefully before following my advice please.
 
Old 05-24-2010, 02:18 PM   #3
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Thanks David, that did the trick.

I added times = true to allow it to propagate the time, then I added prefer = newer

I read the corresponding sections of the manual you linked me to for that info, it is much appreciated.

thanks again.

Peter M
 
  


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