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    Transfer files from Ubuntu 8.04 to 10.04 on new machine

    You could take a look at applications such as grsync and gcp. I have them on debian, they probably are available for ubuntu as well. The former is a GUI version of rsync, an actual synchronization application (but can be used for this sort of thing as well) and the latter is just a fancier version of "cp", but it has it so that you can stop at some point and resume later if you use all the right options (which I don't know). Grsync can sort of do that, but not exactly; it can compare the files before copying if you do it a second time, and chose to ignore by criteria such as size and md5sum. Perhaps plain rsync has even more options, I don't know.

    [G]rsync even has the advantage of compressing the files "on the fly" (if you chose to) so the whole copying runs faster when copying to a remote location. I suspect, but I'm not sure, that it can even be useful when copying to different partitions or hdds, I have the impression that network speed these days is somehow faster than copying from one hdd or partition to the other, but I may be dead wrong on this. It makes some sense though, that, if you're copying it to a different partition on the same hdd, it has the whole work of reading and writing to do, whereas if you're copying from the network, it has only to write. But I digress.
    Posted 10-12-2011 at 10:31 PM by the dsc the dsc is offline


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