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    Sync my XP car computer with Mac OSX?

    I have searched and found a few programs that will sync two drives in XP but I don't know if they'll sync over a network. What I'd like is a program which is on my XP car computer that will allow me to initiate a wireless sync over samba with a folder on my mac indoors. Does anyone know of any programs that will do this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckny View Post
    I have searched and found a few programs that will sync two drives in XP but I don't know if they'll sync over a network. What I'd like is a program which is on my XP car computer that will allow me to initiate a wireless sync over samba with a folder on my mac indoors. Does anyone know of any programs that will do this?
    Not sure of a program, but I have used ant scripts before to sync networked shares and in fact may start using this again.

    Those familiar with Java will know about Jakarta Ant scripts.

    Sync Task

    You could try that.

    If you decide to go down this route you will need to install ant and have a build.xml that contains the sync task defining what to sync.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The6 View Post
    Not sure of a program, but I have used ant scripts before to sync networked shares and in fact may start using this again.

    Those familiar with Java will know about Jakarta Ant scripts.

    Sync Task

    You could try that.

    If you decide to go down this route you will need to install ant and have a build.xml that contains the sync task defining what to sync.
    Looks interesting but not something I'm at all familar with. Do you have any resources that I could read up on to learn about running and installing "ant"? It's platform independent I'd imagine.

    I guess I'll spend some time on the apache site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckny View Post
    Looks interesting but not something I'm at all familar with. Do you have any resources that I could read up on to learn about running and installing "ant"? It's platform independent I'd imagine.

    I guess I'll spend some time on the apache site.
    If I get chance I'll get this going on my two network machines at the weekend and post the steps on here for you.

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    Wow. That would be really awesome of you. Let me know if you are able to do that. In the meantime I'll be researching it myself.

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    Just wondering - I have a program that can sit on an XP machine and sync data from any network share. Do MacOS shares show up as standard windows shares to the XP machine if using Samba? Sorry if thats a basic question, but I really am clueless when it comes to macs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckny View Post
    Wow. That would be really awesome of you. Let me know if you are able to do that. In the meantime I'll be researching it myself.

    Chris
    Right spent a little bit of time on this, have the basics working - syncing of two directories on two separate machines.

    To do this, install ant and goto to the bin directory.

    In the bin directory create a file called build.xml

    In this file add the following lines :-

    <project name="syncfiles" default="synctask">
    <target name="synctask">

    <sync todir="c:\Dir2\">
    <fileset dir="\\thebeast\Pictures\Img0011\"/>
    </sync>

    </target>
    </project>

    Change the todir to point to a local drive and change the fileset (from) dir to the remote directory to pick files from.

    Save the changes and then simply type "ant" from within the bin directory, this will run the file and sync to two directories.

    Theres lots of other options you could add like excluding certain files etc...

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    Great - thank you - I will be testing it out tomorrow!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrod View Post
    Just wondering - I have a program that can sit on an XP machine and sync data from any network share. Do MacOS shares show up as standard windows shares to the XP machine if using Samba? Sorry if thats a basic question, but I really am clueless when it comes to macs!

    Yes the Mac shares show up as a standard samba windows share. What is the name of the program you are using?

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    Its my own app, working title is "NitroSync".

    It's been in development for a long time, just not happy with it enough to release yet. Basically it is a full featured sync app (LAN, USB devices, CDROM), phidget controller, settings adjuster, fully skinnable, cd ripper, plus some other stuff I have probably forgotten to mention - all meant to work with RoadRunner.
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    If both PCs have access to the internet you might try FolderShare. I have been using it for near line backups since before MS bought them. It will even support 3way syncs... It's free and supports Mac and Windows. On a side note it's the APIs from FS that MS is using for file sharing inside MSN Messenger.

    http://www.foldershare.com/

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