[erlang-questions] Reliable file transfer?

Lloyd R. Prentice lloyd@REDACTED
Thu May 30 16:57:19 CEST 2019

Thanks, Mikael,

That’s reassuring.

Best wishes,


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> On May 30, 2019, at 5:12 AM, Mikael Pettersson <mikpelinux@REDACTED> wrote:
>> On Wed, May 29, 2019 at 9:41 PM Lloyd R. Prentice <lloyd@REDACTED> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I’m evaluating https://www.rsync.net/ as a possible backup/archiving service for Erlang dets and Mnesia data.
>> rsync.net offers replicated data store on ZFS with frequent snapshots at an attractive price. Data can be transferred via rsync, SFTP, etc.
>> My thought is to create a data management app that would automate the backup/archive/restore functions. But I don’t understand the data transfer options available in Erlang well enough to implement.
>> The options I see are:
>> — calling rsync via os:cmd/1 — seems simple enough but I’m breaking out of Erlang
>> — ssh-sftp — just don’t understand how to use this library
>> — File Transfer Service — docs are totally confusing????
>> One would think that this is an every day plain vanilla kind of problem. But there’s scant guidance on the web.
>> Can some kind soul point me in the right direction?
> We're using os:cmd and rsync/scp/ssh to transfer our DB backups to
> internal backup servers,  rsync in particular because it enables
> incremental transfers of our leveldb snapshots.  Stuff is also pushed
> to S3, but that's done outside of the main Erlang transaction servers.
> (Erlang-based micro-services classify and redistribute event-based
> data, while Unix cron jobs transfer plain files.)
> I don't think we ever used the other options you mention.

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