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I need to synchronize the project folder on my local machine with the same folder on the server so that when I change the local or the remote file they are immediately synchronized. How can I do this?

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Which OS is installed on the server and local machine? Also what kind of latency would be acceptable. How much data and how many files changes are you expecting? – ollybee May 30 '11 at 20:57
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Source version control software (CVS, SVN, git, etc) is typically exactly what you want in this type of situation.

They do not provide immediate synchronization, but I suspect that you want to re-think why you need that. There will likely be trouble if your production server is updated every time you change a file on your desktop. What if you hit save half-way through some changes?

If you don't want to mess with keeping a history of changes, use a utility like rsync to keep the two systems synchronized periodically.

If you're positive that you must have immediate synchronization, then there is likely no need to have a copy on both systems. Just mount the directory from the server on your desktop (via sshfs, mapped network drive, etc) and make the changes directly to the files.

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Great answer, thanks a lot. :) – Kevin Grace Jun 10 '11 at 20:12

Personally, I'd go with what i_grok suggested by using SVN, P4 or Git. Reason being, is that what happens when you make a bad change to your code and now you've sent your site down the tubes. However you can do as i_grok also suggested with a mapped network drive or sshfs or you can write a custom python script within your working directory to auto-upload.

You can use the watchdog python library. and actually someone appears to have done some of the work for you, so you could just go here and plug it in.

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