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How to copy large files over the network

I need to copy large files over the network, but I am not sure about the command line to use for it. I have been using rsync, but I feel maybe I could zip the files first? I am a Unix beginner, so ...
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cp or rsync, is cp really worth it?

I hope this does not count as a question without a real answer, as I can't seem to find a good reason to use cp(1) over rsync(1) in virtually all circumstances. Should one typically favour rsync over ...
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Logging only transferred files with rsync

I've created a backup script with rsync and I have it running every 10 minutes. I have it logging using --progress but to make reading the log easier I only want to include files that are transferred. ...
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Using rsync to move (not copy) files between directories?

I have been using rsync to copy files for some time. My understanding is that rsync is faster than cp when some of the files to transfer are already in the destination directory, transferring only the ...
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How should I check to see if the remote smb serv is mounted?

I'm pretty new to mount. Basically, I have a remote SMB serv on the local network that I want copy images from a directory on, then repeat every 5 min. I think what I need to do is make a script that ...
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What keeps one side of an rsync so busy?

I've got a Debian machine on my LAN serving as a backup server for the others. It has four HDDs combined into a software RAID 5 md device, on that an LVM, and on that btrfs. Backups are made using ...
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Backup and synchronization

I want to synchronize my personal document repository between my different computers in my home. Today this folder is under a dedicated partition of the hard drive of a dual boot workstation. My ...
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How to use rsync with a remote remote host

I am a happy user of rsync -e ssh and use it to synchronize data between my machine and a remote host using rsync -avz -e ssh me@hostA:~/folder ~/folder And this did what I needed until now. I am ...
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rsync: how to exclude the topmost directory

So, I have a seemingly simple issue, but so far I haven't found a solution: I want to exclude the topmost directory from an rsync, while still syncing all its children. The particular issue is that I ...
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How do I escape a dot character for an rsync command? [closed]

I'm trying to do... ssh -av -e deploy@domain.com:/var/www/domain.com /Users/user/workspace/domain But it's outputting this (I presume because of the period character): OpenSSH_5.6p1, OpenSSL ...
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IO Error in rsync while doing everyday backup

I have a sample NAS server (QNAP TS-210), with very limited Linux on-board (although a bit reinforced with Optware/IPKG). I'm a Linux newbie. After digging through Internet I was able to write my own ...
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How should I rsync files in /var/www if I want them to be owned by www-data?

I have set up a new ec2 ubuntu box and installed apache and php5. By default you log onto the box with the ubuntu user who has sudo privileges. I believe apache runs as root and php5 runs as ...
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Synchronize directory tree with deduplication?

I have two Linux servers that have a large amount of data (1TB+) that need to be synchronized over a slow connection (100 KB/s). A lot of the data overlaps, but are in different locations. I would ...
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Sync local files to remote git repository

I have my git repository on a linux located on the company server. I ssh into my linux machine and edit files there. Problem This method is great until I have a good connection to the server. in ...
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How to sync two directories?

I have an "A" HDD (1,5TB) next to me (on a netbook running OpenBSD 5.1, it's a fileserver) And I have a "B" HDD (1,5TB) 200km's away from me on an OpenWrt 10.04 router (also "fileserver"). I always ...
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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 ...