Keep your blog up-to-date

You certainly know the feeling: you've said it a thousand times, yet, people don't listen, do things contrary to your advice, fail pathetically, and end up crying at your shoulder! Or the other way around: you want some feature, beg for it for years....and are simply ignored by the obnoxious admins.

#pdes, however, is different. Even if you're just mildly hinting at a feature you might hope to have in years, you'll get it automatically overnight! It's just like talking to a genie!

Many thanks to haui, who relayed the message, and piet, who swiftly went into action. I really appreciate it. 😊

What I'm talking about is rsync, of course. Since my blog is getting bigger, its manual update has become quite cumbersome. Not any more: now we have an rsync server!

And how can we use this server? Well, like that:

rsync -avz -e 'ssh -p 20' --progress --stats --delete \
    --exclude "*bak" --exclude "*~" $LPATH $RHOST:$RPATH

connects to our.rsync.server over ssh on port 20 and synchronizes the remote and local version of the blog. Here's an example of the output:

[cobra@blackvelvet nb-3.4rc2]$ blup

... long list of files ...

Number of files: 605
Number of files transferred: 35
Total file size: 8391086 bytes
Total transferred file size: 179532 bytes
Literal data: 21902 bytes
Matched data: 157630 bytes
File list size: 13812
File list generation time: 0.006 seconds
File list transfer time: 0.000 seconds
Total bytes sent: 24738
Total bytes received: 2386

sent 24738 bytes  received 2386 bytes  10849.60 bytes/sec
total size is 8391086  speedup is 309.36