I use rsync to synchronize files to Windows clients in a server agnostic way. What methods are available to send the progress of rsync to the parent process for display in a gui progress bar?

I imagine two or three choices exist. (1) Watch STDOUT (2) Watch rsync.exe log file, similar to unix tail (3) Watch rsync console output in memory.

Which one is best/preferred?

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.NET has a pretty straight forward way to read and watch STDOUT.
I guess this would be the cleanest way, since it is not dependent on any external files, just the path to rsync. I would not be too surprised if there is a wrapper library out there either. If not, write and open source it :)

Lars Mæhlum

Check out I think it is called DeltaCopy. It is a windows gui for rsync (i believe)

Looked it up. DeltaCopy

Adam Lerman
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For this type of tasks, I use my own AutoIt script (freeware, Windows only). The script redirects the standard output into a graphical window, displaying it with the ability to scroll back, etc (very useful in long processes like XCOPYs / PKZIPs to check if any error did happen).

I use AutoIt because it's free, very easy to use, and can compile quickly into an .EXE. I think it's an excellent alternative to a complete programming language for this type of tasks. The downside is that it's for Windows only.

$sCmd = "DIR E:\*.AU3 /S"  ; Test command
$nAutoTimeout = 10      ; Time in seconds to close window after finish

$nDeskPct = 60          ; % of desktop size (if percent)

; $nHeight = 480          ; height/width of the main window (if fixed)
; $nWidth = 480

$sTitRun = "Executing process. Wait...."     ; 
$sTitDone = "Process done"                ; 

$sSound = @WindowsDir & "\Media\Ding.wav"       ; End Sound

$sButRun = "Cancel"                           ; Caption of "Exec" button
$sButDone = "Close"                            ; Caption of "Close" button

#include <GUIConstants.au3>
#include <Constants.au3>
#Include <GuiList.au3>

Opt("GUIOnEventMode", 1)

if $nDeskPct > 0 Then
    $nHeight = @DesktopHeight * ($nDeskPct / 100)
    $nWidth = @DesktopWidth * ($nDeskPct / 100)

If $CmdLine[0] > 0 Then
    $sCmd = ""
    For $nCmd = 1 To $CmdLine[0]
        $sCmd = $sCmd & " " & $CmdLine[$nCmd]

    ; MsgBox (1,"",$sCmd)

; AutoItSetOption("GUIDataSeparatorChar", Chr(13)+Chr(10))

$nForm = GUICreate($sTitRun, $nWidth, $nHeight)
GUISetOnEvent($GUI_EVENT_CLOSE, "CloseForm")

$nList = GUICtrlCreateList ("", 10, 10, $nWidth - 20, $nHeight - 50, $WS_BORDER + $WS_VSCROLL)
GUICtrlSetFont (-1, 9, 0, 0, "Courier New")

$nClose = GUICtrlCreateButton ($sButRun, $nWidth - 100, $nHeight - 40, 80, 30)
GUICtrlSetOnEvent (-1, "CloseForm")

GUISetState(@SW_SHOW)   ;, $nForm)

$nPID = Run(@ComSpec & " /C " & $sCmd, ".", @SW_HIDE, $STDOUT_CHILD)
; $nPID = Run(@ComSpec & " /C _RunErrl.bat " & $sCmd, ".", @SW_HIDE, $STDOUT_CHILD)     ; # Con ésto devuelve el errorlevel en _ERRL.TMP

While 1
    $sLine = StdoutRead($nPID)
    If @error Then ExitLoop

    If StringLen ($sLine) > 0 then
        $sLine = StringReplace ($sLine, Chr(13), "|")
        $sLine = StringReplace ($sLine, Chr(10), "")
        if StringLeft($sLine, 1)="|" Then
            $sLine = " " & $sLine

        GUICtrlSetData ($nList, $sLine)

        _GUICtrlListSelectIndex ($nList, _GUICtrlListCount ($nList) - 1)

$sLine = " ||"
GUICtrlSetData ($nList, $sLine)
_GUICtrlListSelectIndex ($nList, _GUICtrlListCount ($nList) - 1)

GUICtrlSetData ($nClose, $sButDone)

WinSetTitle ($sTitRun, "", $sTitDone)
If $sSound <> "" Then
    SoundPlay ($sSound)

$rInfo = DllStructCreate("uint;dword")      ; # LASTINPUTINFO
DllStructSetData($rInfo, 1, DllStructGetSize($rInfo));

DllCall("user32.dll", "int", "GetLastInputInfo", "ptr", DllStructGetPtr($rInfo))
$nLastInput = DllStructGetData($rInfo, 2)

$nTime = TimerInit()

While 1
    If $nAutoTimeout > 0 Then
        DllCall("user32.dll", "int", "GetLastInputInfo", "ptr", DllStructGetPtr($rInfo))
        If DllStructGetData($rInfo, 2) <> $nLastInput Then
            ; Tocó una tecla
            $nAutoTimeout = 0

    If $nAutoTimeout > 0 And TimerDiff ($nTime) > $nAutoTimeOut * 1000 Then

    Sleep (100)

Func CloseForm()
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I've built my own simple object for this, i get alot or reuse out of it, i can wrap it with a cmdline, web page, webserice, write output to a file, etc---

the commented items contain some rsync examples--

what i'd like to do sometime is embed rsync (and cygwin) into a resource & make a single .net executable out of it--

Here you go:

Imports System.IO

Namespace cds

Public Class proc

    Public _cmdString As String
    Public _workingDir As String
    Public _arg As String

    Public Function basic() As String

        Dim sOut As String = ""

            'Set start information.
            'Dim startinfo As New ProcessStartInfo("C:\Program Files\cwRsync\bin\rsync", "-avzrbP /cygdrive/s/cdsERP_rsync/gwy")
            'Dim startinfo As New ProcessStartInfo("C:\Program Files\cwRsync\bin\rsync", "-avzrbP /cygdrive/s/cdsERP_rsync/gws/user")
            'Dim startinfo As New ProcessStartInfo("C:\windows\system32\cscript", "//NoLogo c:\windows\system32\prnmngr.vbs -l")

            Dim si As New ProcessStartInfo(_cmdString, _arg)

            si.UseShellExecute = False
            si.CreateNoWindow = True
            si.RedirectStandardOutput = True
            si.RedirectStandardError = True

            si.WorkingDirectory = _workingDir

            ' Make the process and set its start information.
            Dim p As New Process()
            p.StartInfo = si

            ' Start the process.

            ' Attach to stdout and stderr.
            Dim stdout As StreamReader = p.StandardOutput()
            Dim stderr As StreamReader = p.StandardError()

            sOut = stdout.ReadToEnd() & ControlChars.NewLine & stderr.ReadToEnd()

            'Dim writer As New StreamWriter("out.txt", FileMode.CreateNew)


        Catch ex As Exception

            sOut = ex.Message

        End Try

        Return sOut

    End Function

End Class

End Namespace

Scott Kramer

Check NAsBackup Its open source software that give Windows user Rsync GUI using Watch STDOUT.