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Can I run rsync over currently running mail server?

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Imagine some mail server that works and extensively using some files.
I want to rsync files over ssh(mails and inboxes, all mail data) without stopping CommuniGate
Is it safe?
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What do you mean by safe?  You won't get everything because new mail/data may be arriving/added all the time, but you should be able to get most of it.  You could always run rsync again and get the parts that got missed, and catch up on some more, but you'll never be guaranteed to get it all while it's running.
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Nothing can stop you from that... Mail is very compressable, so uze -z parameter to rsync.
First rsync will take some time, after refreshes will be instant.
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