- Date: Sun, 5 Nov 2017 13:04:54 -0500
- From: Roberto C. Sánchez <roberto@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Rsync
On Sun, Nov 05, 2017 at 12:20:31PM -0500, Fred Ringwald wrote:
> Yesterday Sven Hartge responded to my query regarding rsync, quoted below.
> However, my question was not a technical question asking why rsync was not
> automatically installed during a stock amd64 debian installation, but a
> more philosophical question as to why the debian administrators chose to
> make rsync optional, given the importance of backup data.
> Thank you to Sven and to those who have read and considered my question.
> Fred Ringwald
First, please don't top-post. It is considered discorteous on many
mailing lists, including debian-user.
The philsophy there is that it doesn't really meet the criteria for
required, important, or standard .
There is perhaps an argument, based in part on how you were surprised by
its absence, that rsync should be considered important. However, I have
personally never been surprised when it has been absent, as I do not
consider it a core utility. It is certainly very useful and I install
it on all of my systems, but I can see how someone going for a minimal
system would consider it bloat.
Roberto C. Sánchez