dsync 0.9.4

dsync is a tool for merging or synchronizing contents of two directories, or just for backups.
dsync is a tool for merging or synchronizing contents of two directories, or just for backups.

dsync project is written in Perl. dsync is inspired by Dan Kogai's psync.

I sought something similar to (but more robust than!) the legacy PowerMerge programs available some years ago for classic releases of Mac OS. Dan Kogai's nifty psync and supporting MacOSX::File modules seemed like a great start.

Having some time during the lull of the holiday season, I cobbled together Dsync. With Dsync, I attempted to capture the feature set of PowerMerge with the foundation of psync and a few ideas for improvement.

This is an early release. I use it on my systems with some degree of success, but the tool is far from well-tested, predictable, or reliable. Please treat it as development-grade software and help me improve it with your feedback.

While Dsync's current focus aims exclusively at Mac OS X and its underlying idiosynchracies, I expect that it would be trivial to modify Dsync to work under any unix-like OS.


Copy the program to wherever it is easily accessible:

$ cp dsync /usr/local/bin/

Make sure the executable bit is set:

$ ls -l /usr/local/bin/dsync

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 24841 Dec 25 13:54 /usr/local/bin/dsync

if not, then set it:

$ chmod +x /usr/local/bin/dsync

If you have Perl installed elsewhere than /usr/bin, then create a symbolic link:

$ cd /usr/bin
$ ln -s /usr/local/bin/perl
[or wherever you keep Perl]

You will also need MacOSX::File by Dan Kogai:

< http://search.cpan.org/dist/MacOSX-File/ >

To get started, take a look at dsync.html included with this distribution or type:

$ perlpod /usr/local/bin/dsync
[or wherever you stashed dsync]

What's New in This Release:

· Added an option for lax synchronization to foreign file systems.

last updated on:
December 20th, 2005, 18:27 GMT
license type:
Artistic License 
developed by:
ROOT \ Desktop Environment \ File managers
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