Sherman, Jay JSherman at dainrauscher.com
Wed Jan 17 07:11:04 PST 2001

The man page for rdist should give better examples for the Distfile.  here's
an example:

#> cat /Distfile

myboxes = ( box1 box2 box3 )
otherboxes = ( box4 box5 )

localdist: ( /usr/local/lib
           ) -> ${otherboxes}

mydist: ( /home/myhomedir
        ) -> ${myboxes}
        except_pat .profile

#> rdist -R localdist

The above command will look in /Distfile (by default) for the
label "localdist".  It will then transfer those three directories
you see there to $otherboxes, or box4 and box5.  The "-R" means
"remove any files on the target box that no longer exist
on the source box."  It's a good way to keep directories in sync.
straight rcp -r would cause old files to build up on the target

In the second stanza, the "mydist" label would transfer everything from
those listed directories to box1, box2, and box3 *except* for any filenames
matching the pattern .profile.

Hope these examples help.  rdist and rsync (freeware) are very useful.  -Jay

-----Original Message-----
From: J. RAHEB [mailto:jraheb at julian.uwo.ca]
Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2001 10:21 AM
To: beowulf at beowulf.org
Subject: rdist

Hello everyone,

I am trying to use rdist to distribut node info files accross our
cluster.  However, the man pages seem a bit confusing.  If anyone can
simplify the process for me I would appreciate the help.


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