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Monitor directory and if a file is requested then rsync on demand

Is there a tool that monitors a certain directory and if a program tries to access a file in that directory, the program loads that file from another place transparent for any application that tries ...
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Is there ever a reason to use scp instead of rsync?

Is there a reason to use scp instead of rsync? I can see no reason for using scp ever again, rsync does everything that scp does, with more safety (can preserve symlinks etc).
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Give user permissions to all files and folders

I want to have a user who has access to all the files and folders on the system. This is for the purpose of using RSYNC on a local machine to backup a remote machine. At the moment we are using the ...
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Trying to create a cron to Rsync then tar the folder

I'm stuck at the first hurdle! I want to run a couple of commands from a bash script. First something like this to rsync some directories: rsync -e ssh -az user-whatever@website.com:/home ...
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ssh: “Error reading response length from authentication socket”

I have a Makefile with some ssh and rsync commands. All of them are executed correctly, but give the following error message: Error reading response length from authentication socket. I don't like ...
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rsync giving “Directory has vanished” when there are multiple (existing) source directories

This is happening to me: $ rsync -av ./foo ./bar $DEST sending incremental file list directory has vanished: "/path/to/foo" foo exists and is regular a regular dir, and rsync -av ./foo $DEST works, ...
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UID mapping with rsync

I'm migrating files between servers and have to map UIDs (add 500) and GIDs. As I'd like to have it done in one single pass, is there a way to execute a command for each file rsync copies?
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Decreasing hard drive sync time with Unison

I'm using Unison to synchronize my music collection to a few different sources, namely a couple computers over SSH and a hard drive. One thing I've noticed is that SSH updates are incredibly fast in ...
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rsync with absolute paths and excluding subpaths

Say I have the following structure on path origin_path origin_path/X=1/A/... origin_path/X=1/B/... origin_path/X=1/C/... ... origin_path/X=2/A/... origin_path/X=2/B/... origin_path/X=2/C/... ... ... ...
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Real Time Local File Sync

How can I set up an instant file sync for two local directories? The catch is I need it in real time (15, 10 or even 5 seconds is too slow), and I don't want the target root directory created. For ...
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Does rsync verify files copied between two local drives?

I want to make a fresh new copy of a large number of files from one local drive to another. I've read that rsync does a checksum comparison of files when sending them to a remote machine over a ...
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tar + rsync + untar. Any speed benefit over just rsync?

I often find myself sending folders with 10K - 100K of files to a remote machine (within the same network on-campus). I was just wondering if there are reasons to believe that, tar + rsync + ...
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Setting nice and ionice for rsync via xinetd

I am attempting to set nice and ionice for rsync via xinetd. I am running Fedora 16. The reason I would like to use these values is to reduce the rsync process to an idle state so other processes run ...
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Copying large tree from one machine to another, maintaining ownership

I am trying to copy a large folder structure between machines. I want to maintain the ownership/rights during the copy as it is not reasonable to 'fix' the privs afterwards. Therefore, I am using the ...
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sync files recursively between two folders where files are less than 24 hours old

I want to find all the files under a directory which are within 24 hours then rsync those files with another server. There are some old files that I do not want to transfer, however if those old ...
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Export a m3u playlist to a directory in order they appear in the playlist

There is a way to rsync a m3u playlist into a destination directory. How can I process the list and number the output so it orders the files to match the playlist order? For example the m3u: ...
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force copying a corrupted home directory

I have a home directory in a disk that has a lot of corrupted files. I am trying to save most files as possible. I am trying to create a backup of my home directory on an external drive using tar ...
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Using rsync in a cronjob when a password is needed

Basically I have a bash script that fetches data from my server to perform a backup. As it is now I have to start that script manually, enter the password, and then wait for it to finish. I would ...
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Using cygwin and rsync — “password file must not be other-accessible”

I've finally got an old computer of mine running as a backup server with Ubuntu 11.10. I'm planning on using it to backup my Windows 7 machine weekly using rsync. I've got cygwin installed, and rsync ...
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What is the need for rsync server in daemon mode

I don't understand the need for an rsync server in daemon mode. What are the benefits from it if I can use rsync with SSH or telnet?
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How to implement a rotation scheme with rsync

I have an ever growing remote directory of files that I'd like to sort and filter before I rsync them, with the goal of always keeping only the latest N files in my destination directory (i.e. a ...
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Using rsync + cron to sync a machine behind a firewall with my dropbox

I have a machine (A) behind a firewall with no access to the Internet, on this machine I can NFS mount directories on another machine (B) which can access internet, and is accessible from Internet, ...
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Only use mtime comparison with rsync?

Is it possible to sync files via rsync and let rsync only compare mtime informations? Or is there another tool for this job? That means that such a tool only copies src to destination if the src is ...
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How do I save changed files?

I have two folders: ORIGINAL/ ORIGINAL_AND_MY_CHANGES/ My friend has a copy of ORIGINAL/. I would like to generate MY_CHANGES.tgz -- it should contain only new/changed files from ...
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rsync gives “chown <…> failed: Invalid argument (22)” with nfs share

I'm trying to back up my entire system to an external disk using rsync, via a shell script which is run as root: #!/bin/bash rsync -vSHPhhaX --numeric-ids --delete ...
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Asking rsync to create *any* necessary directories

I have the following loop in zsh: for x in my_folders*; do rsync -adrv $x/foo/bar/ /foo2/bar2/new_dir/$x/ done new_dir does not exist before calling rsync, and I would like rsync to create ...
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How to recursively synchronize file timestamps across servers?

Suppose I run an rsync command to mirror a server, but forget to supply the -t option. The mirror will now have different timestamps to the original. What is the easiest way to fix this, without ...
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Comments in argument lists?

Some commands, such as rsync, take in lists as an argument. Can these files contain unix comments like #?
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Rsync ssh include & exclude

Here is my current rsync shell script upload.sh SOURCEDIR=/Users/thomas/sites/dreamhost/ DESTDIR=******@reggi.com:/home/thomasreggi/sites/ ##rsync -avzL --delete --include '*/' ...
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How to exclude numeric directories with rsync?

I know rsync has an --exclude option which I use quite frequently. But how can I specify that it should exclude all "numeric" directories? In the directory listing below I would like to only have it ...
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How can I exclude files by default with rsync?

How can I exclude files by default with rsync? Here is how my normal rsync syntax starts out: rsync --exclude ".ht*" --exclude "error_log" --exclude ".DS*" --exclude "old" ... I've seen a lot of ...
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Rsyncing multiple files with white spaces in the names

I'm trying to back up files onto a server, but I'm having problems with files that have white spaces in the names. I'm using this command in terminal: FILES="testing/space\ in\ filename testing/and\ ...
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Backup a Windows PC to a Linux Machine

What is a good backup strategy to backup a Windows 7 box to a Ubuntu box that are on the same network? The solution I am thinking would be to mount a Windows folder to Ubutnu then use rsync. But I'm ...
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Grant permissions using rysnc

I want to use rsync (as a user) from "me" on a local computer to "another" user on a distant computer. However, I also want "another" user (on the distant computer) to own the files and to be able to ...
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Automated incremental backups to an external drive

Background A client needs an automated backup solution to an external drive (to be taken offsite weekly). I'd typically suggest rsnapshot (or perhaps rolling out a custom rsync script), but this ...
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Asking rsync to transfer files without connecting to the remote rsync server?

If I understand correctly, rsync tries to connect to a remote rsync server when transferring files via -e ssh. This worked well for me most of the time, but I am having problems rsyncing with a ...
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rsync pattern copy: dotfiles

I followed the advice given in the question Rsync filter: copying one pattern only to setup a command line I need to backup only the dotfiles .inF* Yet with the command: rsync -av --include='.inF*' ...
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Asking rsync to delete files on the receiving side that don't exist on the sending side, with exceptions on the receiving side

I have read these threads: rsync --delete --files-from=list / dest/ does not delete unwanted files Delete extraneous files from dest dir via rsync? But, as far as I can tell (maybe I am missing ...
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What is the interaction of the rsync --size-only and --sparse options?

If I use rsync with the --size-only and --sparse options together, if a file already exists at the destination as a full file (otherwise the same) it's not overwritten. If I omit the --size-only ...
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Backing up hard links (rsync)?

My question begins with: Do I actually have hard links on my disk at all (except for "." and ".." of course)? I'm not sure how I would find that out? If no, the question is already answered. If yes, ...
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How to update a content management installation by overwriting existing files via ssh and shell?

I have installed a cms (modx) on a webserver running CentOS 5 and Apache 2.2. Now there is a new version and I would like to update it. The instructions in the modx-wiki suggest to overwrite the ...
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Is there any way to rsync absolute symlinks alone?

I want to sync a big folder hierarchy between two machines. I want to copy the contents of the symlinks if they are absolute, for eg it points to /some/folder/someFile I want to retain the symlinks if ...
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problem with rsync. forgot the ending dot and can't find beackupfiles now

I am new with linux and tried to backu my files doing this: rsync -arvu /home /etc /opt /var I was in the desired directory (on an external hard-disk drive) and logged in as su. but no files where ...
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view stdout for another pts

Here is the situation. I left my pc at home doing an rsync from a 2TB hard drive to another 2TB hard drive (it's going to take a while since they are both USB 2.0). I am now at work and I have ssh-ed ...
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rsync an mpd playlist

An mpd playlist looks like this: syncrel.m3u Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin' [V0]/04. One Too Many Mornings.mp3 Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin' [V0]/01. The Times They Are ...
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Comparing two directories in different servers

We copy our production code and data files to a testing server on a weekly basis. It can take hours, and sometimes it hasn't finished. What is the best method to confirm that the directories have ...
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Do any Linux distributions have a folder sync option (like briefcase in windows)?

I want to keep my local folder synchronized with a network folder. Is there any folder synchronization utility or feature in Linux?
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Sync files from a mac to a flash drive - automatically?

I have a flash drive, let's name it FLASH. I want, when on my mac, when FLASH is plugged (and automatically mounted), execute a specific script and make ~/Documents to be automatically copied to ...
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Want to rsync some files after they've been sedded

I would like to rsync some HTML files to a webserver that are in production form. To get them in production form I have to trivially insert a ".production" string in a script tag. I can do this with ...
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“rsync: failed to set permissions on …” error with rsync -a or -p option

When I use the -a option as is asked and answered in Preserve the permissions with rsync, I got a lot of "rsync: failed to set permissions on" errors. rsync: failed to set permissions on ...