Posted Nov 22, 2005 1:22 UTC (Tue) by warthawg
In reply to: rsync?
Parent article: CLI Magic: Simple backup is Mirdir (Linux.com)
"I seriously question the experience level of the person who writes the CLI Magic series. Assuming the target audience is novices, why not show them how to use a much more useful tool that is probably already installed on their machine instead of sending them off on a wild goose chase?"
He's no sys admin, that's for sure. :)
I'm just a lame Linux user who has been using it since about 95, and as his exclusive desktop since 98. The column is definitely for noobies, and rsync has already been covered in a column I wrote in April. And I guess I should come clean about the fact that my rank (Corporal-for-life in the Linux Liberation Army) is an honorary one, that I awarded myself.
That said, I really think some people need to get over the notion that writing about a tool means the author loves it, or swears in blood it's the best of breed, or implies anything at all which is even remotely close to that.
That sort of thinking implies a mindset as infantile as "my distro can beat up your distro." Or substitute desktop enviroment, email client, ripper, desktop OS, server OS, whatever else you want to argue about for distro in that template.
Mirdir is a fine tool for some purposes, and for some people. Like rsync better anyway? Fine. I think it is a little bit of overkill for local copies, copying data to a keydisk, and similar tasks that a normal user is likely to need to do, but whatever. Mirdir's deal is simplicity, rsync's power comes from being able to do much more than that. IMO, newbies like and appreciate simple.
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