How does the file update mechanism, fsdiff compare with rsync?

By: Richard Glaser - Revised: 2006-05-31 devin

The radmind tools use an SMTP-like protocol over TCP/IP. There are only a handful for verbs: store, retrieve, and status. The rsync protocol is able to transfer partial files, while the radmind protocol only transfers whole files. The radmind protocol is able to use a summary of file system data rather than needing a live connection to a remote server.

fsdiff only compares the local file system to the list of transcripts comprising the client's loadset. If changes need to be made, lapply will use the list of changes fsdiff produces to bring the machine up to date. If no changes need to be made, no bandwidth is used.