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Wow, didn't really expect you to read this far down. The latest iteration of the site is in open beta. It's a gentle open beta-- not in prime-time just yet. It's being hosted over at UpGuard (link) and you are more than welcome to give it a shot. Couple things:
Simple tar pipe to be used to copy directories while including hidden files and maintaining file permissions
First look into /etc/modules if you have unionfs (or squashfs) support. If not, add the modules. UnionFS combines two filesystems. If there is a need to write a file, /tmp/unioncache will be used to write files (first create that directory). Reads will be done where the file is found first.
It's the same like 'cp -p' if available. It's faster over networks than scp. If you have to copy gigs of data you could also use netcat and the tar -z option in conjunction -- on the receiving end do:
# nc -l 7000 | tar -xzvpf -
...and on the sending end do:
# tar -czf - * | nc otherhost 7000
Tested with NTFS and found on this site:
The first 32256 bytes is the MBR
This will start a netcat process listening on port 666. If you are able connect to your your server, netcat will receive the data being sent and spit it out to the screen (it may look like random garbage, so you might want to redirect it to a file).
bnd-ips.txt is a list of IP adresses that is concenated for use as regular expression. Yes, this is still very speedy ;=)
Note you have also the --xml option ;)