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Utility to synchronise folders via FTP

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Hi all,

I’m looking for a tool that will help me to synchronise folders via FTP.

In a common scenario:

* I have a folder on my build server that contains a new tested version of a website (say v1.2).  
* I want to push all the files that have changed over to a folder on the webhost.  The webhost folder already contains v1.1 of the site, so ideally I’d prefer to only copy the delta.
* I need a way of dealing with missing files – if they have been removed from build v1.2, I don’t want them to be lurking around in the upgraded v.1.1 folder on the webhost. (With some  notable exceptions of course; I don’t want any data files on the server to be removed)
* I’d like to be able to automate the process – so a tool with both a command line & a GUI interface would be ideal.
 
The best tools I’ve come across sofar are FTP Sync (http://www.fileware.com/products.htm#FTPSync) and UnleashIt (http://www.eworldui.net/UnleashIt/Default.aspx).

My principal problem with these tools is that they are incredibly slow.

How does everyone else solve this problem?  What programs do you recommend?
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Well, to answer my own question.

A fantastic utility, that meet all the above requirements is Beyond Compare from www.scootersoftware.com
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