We have a windows 2000 server thousands of miles away in the seychelles with a slow and dodgy connection to the internet
I need to synchronise a local mirror with it. So looking at rsync which requires hacks at their end (w2k and gnu don't play well together) and this (w2k and gnu don't play nice together even when you are at the console).
The easiest solution appears to be combination of perl, Net::FTP and a bunch of hashs. Build a tree of local and remote files, contrast and compare the two trees using a few recursive functions and ftp's get - hey presto 2 synchronised file systems.
great. my boss is still attempting to get rsync and windows synchronisation up and going but the quick perl hack is already working and tested.
The great thing about this is that I don't have to worry about getting anything working at the far end - all the work is done here and all they have to do is map an ftp directory to wherever the files are.