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2003/10/03 uucp


© October 2003 Tony Lawrence

Unix to Unix Copy

Except it isn't just Unix to Unix, as there are uucp implementations for DOS, Windows and probably just about anything else.

People sometimes think uucp is dead and useless now that we have high speed networks and don't have to use modems anymore. However, uucp can work over TCP and when you need to script the transfer of data or execute remote commands, uucp has real advantages over concocting your own method. You don't have to worry about network failures: uucp will make sure the job gets done as soon as connectivity is back. You don't have to worry about logging either. You can stagger large distributions by specifying acceptable usage times for different machines. Most of the nitty gritty details are already taken care of: you just issue the uucp command and forget about it.


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