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Speaking UNIX, Part 5: Data, data everywhere

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One of the most common problems of managing large numbers of computers is how to keep so many systems up-to-date and consistent. Take a look at several techniques that illustrate how to move files among systems and how to keep such far-flung data in sync. In Part 5 of this series, let's look at a handful of techniques that can help keep explosions of files under control.

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