In light of a recent hardware failure, I've decided that it's time to be a little less lax regarding back-ups.
What I have:
- An Ubuntu 10.10 'server/NAS'
- A MacBook 5,2
- A WD external HDD
The server and the MacBook are permanently connected by Ethernet.
I have a directory on the server that I'd like to keep synchronized with the external drive that I plug in from time to time. The Ubuntu filesystem is ext4 and the external drive is HFS+ (Mac OS Extended [Journaled]). It should be noted that this is not case-sensitive. I'm unsure if this is a problem. If it is I can reformat the external HDD so that it is.
It should also be noted that OS X 10.6 ships with a fairly old
rsync, ver. 2.6.9. I believe there are some problems with this concerning the handling of resource forks and other things.
So then, what is the best way to proceed?
- Should I be doing rsyncs across the network? If so some guidance re: how to achieve this using the CLI would be appreciated (I've read the
rsyncman page numerous times and can't quite get my head around it).
- Or should I be installing a kernel module so that I can just plug the HFS+ formatted drive into the server and it be read & writeable in Linux? Again, some
rsyncCLI guidance would be great.
- Or should I be doing something else entirely?