Re: General question - objectives of debian live.
>>>>> carsten <email@example.com> writes:
>> I would just like a confirmation that I can use debian live to
>> create a portable clone of a subset of my regular debian environment
>> that I can carry around on a CD/DVD and a USB flash drive.
>> After reading the fine manual a couple of times, I'm pretty sure
>> that's what debian live proposes to do.
>> If so, and if I spend a couple of weeks with friends or family and
>> have access to a computer .. how would I sync back my home machine
>> with the live environment .. things such as mailboxes,
>> development/documentation directories .. possible changes to
>> configuration files .. software that I installed while away from
>> home .. etc.
> Have a look to unison-gtk. After using my live-hdd I mount my usb-hdd
> on my desktop pc and sync my home-directory (which is separately on a
> stick or usb-hdd encrypted with luks and dm-crypt)
Or, rsync may be used for this purpose, too.
Contrary to unison, rsync expects one to specify the direction
of the sync explicitly, which eliminates the necessity of
storing any ``state'' files for the media to be synchronized,
but otherwise these two seem quite close (though I find the
rsync configuration means more ``readable''.)
Like (note that the meaning of -u, -v, -a, -b and --suffix= is
basically the same as in cp(1) and mv (1)):
$ rsync -uvab --suffix=.~rsync~ --backup-dir=.rsync-backup \
--exclude=\*~ --exclude=.rsync-backup/ \
(More complex inclusion (exclusion) patterns are available with