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How use `rsync -R` with multiple subdirs or install -D with multiple files?

Is possible with rsync to copy multiple files from a source directory to a dest directory with multiple subdirectories that don't exist? Or use install -D with multiples files to a directory that ...
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Copy directory, but fail if file already exists at destination

cp -a foo/* bar/ will copy the contents of foo into bar, replacing any files that already exist. I can use the -n flag to make cp not overwrite existing files or -i to make it ask interactively ...
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Getting back rsync's deleted files [duplicate]

I accidentally rsync-ed to a server using the delete attribute when I shouldn't have. Is there any chance of getting the data on the server that rsync removed.. back?
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No password prompt when using rsync remotely?

I have a bash script that executes rsync transfers to a remote location, and every time I execute the script I get asked for a password. Is there a way to avoid this? This is the command I use: ...
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rsync, delete files on receiving side that were deleted on sending side. (But don't delete everything)

I'd like to use rsync to... delete files on the receiving side that were also deleted on the sending side not delete other files that are in the rsynced directory on the receiving side For example,...
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Repairing CentOS 6.5 permissions after file migration

I'm running CentOS 6.5 in a VirtualBox VM. Recently, I ran out of space for my virtual hard disk. To remedy this, I decided to create a second hard disk for the /usr directory. I mounted that and ...
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Use rsync to just get a folder and its content with a pattern

I've looked all around the internet, looked in regexp sites and everything else, but I'm unable to write a rsync command to fetch what I want to. I need to mirror the FreeBSD release, but I don't ...
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How to configure Unison for real peer-to-peer?

I have a handful of devices, and am considering keeping them in sync with Unison. The devices are not running all the time, they are switched off a few hours per day, not necessarily at the same time....
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Different rsync behavior for identical directory name

I want to synchronize 2 codebases. The below command is working great, except that it doesn't account for one use case that I have with 2 directories named test in different locations: /test/ /start/...
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Troubleshooting Anacron

As a newbie, I'm running into a few problems in using Anacron. The code I'm using was adapted from a website in the Linux Gazette and I've already had to make a couple of changes for my code to even ...
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Rsync specific pattern, but exclude other files in same path

There are lots of files in /dapp/parsD/parsapp/object. I only want to rsync the files in this directory that match *.sql, *.pl and *.sh, but I also want to exclude 2 specific patterns in the same ...
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s3cmd: how to use exclude-from with a file list of excluded directories

I cannot seem to get the --exclude-from= option to work with my exclude GLOB file when synchronizing with my s3 bucket. Here is a trivial example to demonstrate: I create the following file tree ...
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rsync from Mac ext hd to VPS works but not VPS to Mac

There are no errors with either rsync -a /Volumes/hd/dir_foo foo@foo.com:~/ or rsync -a foo@foo.com:~/dir_foo /Volumes/hd/dir_foo in the first instance the synced folder on remote system CentOs ...
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“hard-linking” parts of a big file in which only a small part has changed

I use rsync to make backups: rsync -a --link-dest=PATHTO/$PREVIOUSBACKUP $SOURCE $CURRENTBACKUP This way I save space due to using hard links. The problem appears when I need to backup a huge file ...
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How to use rsync or scp to efficiently copy the files from machineB and machineC to machineA?

I am running my shell script on machineA which copies the files from machineB and machineC to machineA. If the file is not there in machineB, then it should be there in machineC for sure. So I will ...
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Not able to copy multiple files using rsync 3.0.9 version?

I am trying to copy two files using rsync from a machineB but somehow it always copies only one file but not the second file - Here is the syntax I am using - rsync -avz david@machineB:'/data/...
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preserving extended attributes with cp/rsync

When copying with cp, the extended attributes are not preserved, even with explicit cp -a --preserve=all /source /dest or cp -a --preserve=xattr /source /dest The same is with rsync, i.e. ...
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Configuring anonymous rsync daemon

EDIT: I have since found that by using a folder in the root directory, things get a bit further - I can list the subfiles. So it really looks like permissions on the folder are the issue. I'm not ...
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Rsync auto detect directories with small files and compress them together for transfer

I need to transfer some files via rsync and can´t tar them before. So I thought maybe there is a mode which checks the folders content and if it is thousand of small files inside compress that folder ...
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How can I speed up operations on sparse files with tar, gzip, rsync?

I have a sparse file. (du -h reports 3G and du -h --apparent-size reports 100G.) So far, so good. Now, when I want to compress the file using tar or send it over the network using rsync, it will ...
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rsync and SMB share

If I'm performing an rsync copy operation on a file that is on an SMB (Samba) share, is the file actually being pulled down from the network onto my client, pieces at a time, and then copied back onto ...
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What is the effect of rsync --block-size on large files?

I want to backup a few terabytes of large files (500mb to 1500mb each) to a backup server (BULK storage) via rsync. For this I use the following command (updated with suggestions from @Gilles): ...
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Rsync won't Give Up Writing to an Unmounted Remote Drive

I've been having issues with a external hard drive staying mounted to a mount point. That's not the topic of this question, but background info. The issue is with rsync. It doesn't seem to recognize ...
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Basic rsync command for bit-identical copies

As far as I undstand, the following command: sudo rsync --delete -azvr /home/oshiro/Desktop/source/ /home/oshiro/Desktop/destination Is this all I need to create a simple synchronisation of files ...
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Help with using rsync or cpio to do an incremental backup [duplicate]

I'm trying to do an incremental backup of all files on my NAS box that where modified in the last 24 hours (or so, can be more flexible). I'm using PuTTY to connect through SSH to a ReadyNAS 102 ...
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Rsync over SSH with authorized keys..but run 2 rsync commands

I just figured out how to automate my rsync backups using authorized_keys and the command= parameter so that my rsync script can't be modified by the user. So my authorized key file looks like this: ...
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Best way to sync files - copy only EXISTING files and only if NEWER than target

I'm doing this sync locally on Ubuntu 12.04. The files are generally small text files (code). I want to copy (preserving mtime stamp) from source directory to target but I only want to copy if the ...
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Is monitoring rsync with a pts device possible?

I have a rsync backup script, and I was wondering about methods of monitoring it as it runs. I could have it save a log and use watch and tail, but I had a more elegant solution in mind that might be ...
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rsync multiple files to multiple directories

I need to move a large number of files that need to go to different directories i.e. file1.mpg to /mnt/s3/directory1/file1.mpg file2.mpg to /mnt/s3/directorya/file2.mpg file3.mpg to /mnt/s3/...
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Analyse the performance of an rsync command from FreeNAS to a USB drive

I infrequently run a task where I rsync my photos (~30 directories with 10-100 files in each) from my FreeNAS machine to an external USB hard drive (500GB WD) as a redundant backup. I execute the ...
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Track down process that has notty

I have a Linux server (Red Hat 2.6 kernel) which had a spike in load due to an Rsync process which seems to have forked many times, but the process was run by rsyncuser@notty I didnt see any cron job ...
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Find total file size of a disk

I have a corrupted NTFS volume. I ran rsync to copy everything from it, which reported a total # bytes transferred at the end. What's another tool I can use to verify the total # bytes on the disk ...
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Uncompress files when rsync'in

I have 22,000 gzip files on a remote server, which I would like to trasnfer to my machine. I would also like to uncompress these files before/while transferring. Is it possible? My rsync command ...
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rsync options to include only simple files

We intend to use a cron task to rsync files from one machine to another. Requirements are simple: File source is exactly one directory, and destination is one directory on the target machine Must ...
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rsync on a very large directory

I'm trying to rsync a partial clone of mavencentral using rsync. The problem is, due to ridiculous network policies, I can only have the copy running during business hours. The process will be cut ...
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Why I can't pass ip to rsync script?

I am writing script were rsync should be called and ask for password. However I cannot pass IP as argument. I think I am missing something simple. Any ideas? Even trivial script like this just outputs ...
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How to backup all my data?

I need to backup all my data from a server (in 10 minutes), preferably keeping the symlinks. Any suggestions?
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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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Alternative to diff with progress for massive directory compare?

I just rsync-ed 2,000,000 files (3TB) from one RAID to another. I want to make sure my data is intact. rsync -c takes a really long time. diff doesn't show me what it's doing. Is there an ...
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Help Shell script to pass variables to rsync

I'm trying to create a simple wrapper shell script for rsync. When I send file names to my script, rsync can never seem to identify the correct location. The file names have spaces in them. I've tried ...
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How to properly setup web server directory permissions

I'm lost with this, hopefully I can find some help here: I have Ubuntu 12.04 LTS webserver. For example I have user "myuser". There is a public directory which is my web root. I chowned it and all ...
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Reasons for rsync NOT transfering all files?

Does anyone know common reasons for such a large deficit difference in the number of files transfered when backing up my LARGE home directory using rsync on a ubuntu 10.04 LTS setup.. machine is ...
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rsyncing from ext3 on mac: file has vanished

I am on Os X and I am rsyncing from a ext3 volume (that I read with osxfuse 2.6.2) to a HFS+ volume. The data I am backupping are ~ 500GB. Sometimes rsync gives the following message: file has ...
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Meaning of Crossing filesystem boundaries, --one-file-system, etc

I'm planning to use rsnapshot to backup my whole Linux system, though I'm confused by -x option (same of one_fs in rsnapshot.conf). The man page says: -x one filesystem, don't cross partitions ...
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rsync not using --files-from option?

I'm trying to run rsync -a --files-from=~/.rsync_file_list ~/destination and it tells me: rsync error: syntax or usage error (code 1) at options.c(1652) [client=3.0.7]. Can anyone enlighten me as to ...
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rsync error: some files/attrs were not transferred

I'm trying to move my emails Maildir from an old centos server to a new debian server. rsync -avz /home/me/Maildir ssh root@ipaddress:/var/vmail/me/Maildir I tried to copy an 8gb account, didn't ...
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rsync timed out

I need to sync a directory to a directory on a remote server. at the moment i use rsync -ca to do this but the directory is quite large and the whole process fails with a timeout error. Now i'm ...
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rsync vs mtime and ctime

I've been using rsync for Android to backup my phone to a remote NTFS filesystem on a Linux system for a while. Recently, the HDD containing the NTFS filesystem has started to fail (or throw "I/O ...
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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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Why would I use a rsync mirror?

Most Linux distributions offer mirrors that use rsync. I know that rsync is best used on mirrors because it only copies the delta between the local file and the remote one. What benefits do I get as ...