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What tool can I use to synchronize the content of a local directory with that of a Rackspace Cloud Files bucket?

I need a rsync-like application to do a mirror, not a backup application. What I want is the ability to do

rsync --update --delete /local/dir/ cloudfiles://bucket

so that the remote bucket contains an exact mirror of the files that are in /local/dir/.

The files' metadata (owner, permissions) is not important and there are no directories inside the main directory.

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For Linux I found this old project: http://code.google.com/p/cloudfiles-sync/wiki/Instructions

For Windows there is this GUI tool: http://www.cloudberrylab.com/free-openstack-storage-explorer.aspx

I also just found this tool that might let you mount cloud files storage: http://smestorage.com/?p=static&page=LinuxDrive

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I think you can use rsync for that but it that doesn't work for you for whatever reasson also try: Unison File Synchronizer, it really works great!

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Neither rsync nor unison support Rackspace Cloud files (nor any other non-ssh based storage). –  gioele Aug 27 '12 at 17:03
if that's the case then I don't think you can use any standard tools for non-standard webapp, the best thing to do is to reach out to rackspace and ask them what can be used for that, you may need to use their API in order to access it.. –  alexus Aug 27 '12 at 17:58

You can use the Rackspace Cloud Files FUSE module (http://www.rackspace.com/knowledge_center/article/mounting-rackspace-cloud-files-to-linux-using-cloudfuse) to create a mountable file system, but beware of the following caveats:

  • use something like --size-only to determine if the file was fully written, not -a or anything like that, since setting permissions and times is not supported
  • using --bwlimit is not going to work, because the module caches writes in a temp file in memory, then eats up all the bandwidth when uploading; i'm conducting an experiment using the trickle utility to see if that helps
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