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Is there a tool with rsync functionality, or maybe rsync itself, without cygwin? that means, without the cygwin dll even. cygwin seems to have a horrible TCP latency problem, and is bugging down connections on a 100 mbps LAN to 35KB/s.

To be more specific, the tool should be able to operate over network, and has the functionality of the --delete and --hard-links parameters of rsync.

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Have you tried Unison (I don't know if it has those features) – RedGrittyBrick Nov 30 '12 at 12:25
"Unison does not understand hard links." from their website... this is probably the single most important feature i require. otherwise, there are tons of applications that can do the job. – Waleed Hamra Nov 30 '12 at 12:36
I often sync directorys between Windows and Linux. Now, I'm using rsync -avh --delete ... under cygwin. But the boring thing is file ownership and priviledges are often set incorrectly under Windows NTFS partition. After rsync, there are often bunch of problems under Windows. So, what is the best tool like rsync between Windows and Linux? – Exaos Nov 30 '12 at 20:14
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MSYS has an rsync package available. MinGW/MSYS is similar to Cygwin, but it is an alternative. The rsync package does drag in a few dependencies if that's important, you can use MinGW-get to install it. Use the mingw-get-inst GUI to install MSYS, and then in the MSYS prompt use "mingw-get update" and "mingw-get install msys-rsync".

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