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Network file transfers



    I have a server that has a tape drive in it, and I'd like to pull data from
the others servers onto this one for backup.  What I'd like to do is tar/gzip
all the necessary data from these other servers, once done, transfer them to
the backup server and then have a nightly backup script dump everything to
tape  (this will happen over the course of about two hours, with the actual
backup starting at the end of those two hours.)

    My question is, how to get the data from all these servers onto the backup
one.  Do I want to use scp for that?  My experience has shown me that scp takes
about 3 times longer to transfer a file than ftp, or rcp.  Should I just use
rcp for this?  Or do people write ftp scripts to get information across?  I
don't want to setup anything onto these other servers (like Amanda daemons or
whatever), I need to use what's there, and not add more stuff - these are all
stripped down, dedicated machines.

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