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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 ...
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rsync move files, leave directories?

I'm using rsync to copy data between my internal and external hard drives. It's done what I need, but I'm running out of room on my internal hard drive. So, is there any way to get rsync to function ...
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How to backup /etc/{,g}shadow files with 0000 permission?

I am trying to backup several servers' /etc by using rsync from another server. Here's a relevant snippet: PRIVKEY=/path/to/private.key RSYNC_OPTS="--archive --inplace --no-whole-file --quiet" ssh -n ...
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rsync directory and contents to new location and owner

I have access to 2 group accounts: ops_user and test_user. Is it possible to copy a directory and all subdirectory owned by ops_user to a new directory owned by the test_user? I.e I want to copy ...
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rsync most recent x GB

I'm looking for a command/script to allow the most recently modified files (up to) 10GB be copied to another computer. So if there are 4 files 4 GB each, only 2 of them should be transferred by the ...
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rsync only leaves partial files?

I am trying to copy files from my hard drive to a networked external disk (WDMyCloud). I have enabled the FTP access to the hard drive and mounted it to a local directory using curlftpf to a local ...
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Replace all files except one with rsync

I'm currently using rsync as follows rsync -az --delete ... What option can I use with rsync to replace all destination files that already exist except for one specific file that should not be ...
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light weight disk based backup solution

Currently I am using Dirvish to backup a handful remote machines, both Linux and Windows to local disks. But Dirvish hasn't seen any updates for many years and it has a couple of small annoyances ...
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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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How does rsync patch files when there is a difference in the middle?

I know how rsync works. My doubt is how does rsync patches the parts which are different between source and destination file. After calculating the block which is different, it sends that part to ...
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How to efficiently create (read-only) both a snapshot and a diffshot at the same time?

I use rsync to regularly create snapshots of some directories via PAR="-aP --chmod=a-w --no-owner" # Create diffshot rsync $PAR --compare-dest=$CURRENT_SNAPSHOT $SOURCE/ $DEST.changeset.incomplete ...
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How to prepare files for rsync on a case insensitive filesystem?

I am transferring a large number of files on a HFS+ filesystem. The files are currently on ext2 partitions. I have conflicts due to case insensitivity of the target partition (HFS+). I want to ...
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Permission issues when doing system backup using rsync [duplicate]

I'm trying to backup my linux system (arch linux on a laptop) to a remote computer on the same network using ssh (or NFS). I use rsync extensively to backup my /home directory to the remote computer ...
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Rsync --backup-dir seems to be ignored

I want to use rsync to backup a directory from a local location to a remote location, and store changed files in another remote location. I did use: rsync -rcvhL --progress --backup \ ...
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why do I get no output from zenity in shell script under gnome-schedule

I am using Fedora Linux 12, and intend to update to an up-to-date version soon. To prepare for this I have made a full backup on an external drive. I want to keep this backup up to date, using rsync, ...
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Cannot install rsync (unable to create…Input/output error)

How do I resolve the following error to get rsync installed? unable to create '/usr/bin/rsync.dpkg-new' (while processing './usr/bin/rsync'): Input/output error Full log follows: ...
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Snapshot large changing files

At home I have the following backup scheme: All machines daily rsync to the servers $FULL_COPY directory. The server takes snapshots of that directory daily (also weekly/monthly), keeping at most X ...
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Periodically sync local folders using rsync (no symlinks!)

I am using Dropbox to have an online backup of some data. However I want to encrypt my data before uploading it to Dropbox. Therefore I have created a TrueCrypt container and I am using rsync to ...
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How can a filesystem be copied exactly as is?

I have a file system for a device I am programming that I would like to make an exact copy of. Ideally I would like this copy to be identical to the folder that it was copied from. I have tried using ...
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Rsync over ssh tunnel - using gateway server

Environment: ---------- ---------- /| ------------ | Work | | Gateway| | | | cluster | |Station |--------------------------------| ...
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Can I install a sync completion hook with rsync daemon?

Like hooks in svn or git, can I install a server-side hook script for rsync daemon? For sync completion event. I am using FreeBSD9/rsyncd.
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How to use rsync to backup large files by either appending or replacing

I am using rsync to backup some large files regularly: rsync --archive --update --append-verify [source] [destination] Most of the times, the files increase in size (like a log file), but sometimes ...
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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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Rsync problem with cron and no problem manually

I have a backup.sh file that launch an rsync command. This rsync is to backup my dedicated server on a RaspberryPi running raspbian. (I use keychain so I don't need to type any password etc ...) The ...
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How to avoid unnecessary deletion and recopying of moved folders when using rsync? [duplicate]

I've read that rsync cannot detect moved folders, and simply delete and recopy them into the new folder structure. Since the only change I did to my master copy is the simple introduction of a top ...
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Get a clean list of files transferred from rsync

I'm trying to get an itemized list of files transferred by rsync. Using the -i and --out-format options, I'm instead ending up with output that looks like this: 3HMP1MO_001.tif 974.68K 100% ...
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Why not always use rsync?

I wanted to ask is there any reason not to use rsync for everything and abandon cp? I wasn't aware of rsync and now I don't know why cp is ever needed.
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sudo askpass: ask from other tty

Context I want to setup rsync backups of my server, so I run the following command rsync -r -e ssh --rsync-path="sudo rsync" rsyncuser@example.com:/ /backup/ Ideally, that command would ask my ...
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Can I set defaults for rsync in non daemon mode?

Can I set defaults for rsync in non daemon mode? I know the daemon mode has this configuration file: /etc/rsyncd.conf But I typically use the non daemon version in this sort of manner: rsync -avzcO ...
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Is using rsync while source is being updated safe?

Is it safe to use rsync when the source filesystem is mounted and writeable, assuming that it may very well be modified while rsync is running? I presume that under race conditions I may not get the ...
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How can I add an array of arguments inside my rsync call inside a script?

I want to copy a folder to another location, while excluding some specific files Here is my current script: #!/bin/bash if [ -n "$2" ] then source=$(readlink -f $1) destination=$(readlink ...
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Rsync — Itemized List of Changes

I've learned that with the -i option, I can get rsync to list all the changes it makes. I've been using it along with the -n or --dry-run options so that I can always learn about all expected changes ...
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Finding out whether rsync modified target?

My program copies/synchronizes several directories from source to target, each using rsync. For each directory, if the version in target is not identical to source, and thus rsync modifies the target, ...
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Reverse rysnc with multiple sources

I'm working on some backup script right now. To speed the process up I used rsync with all folders to be backed up. (Something like this: rysnc -a --delete --progress $folder1 $folder2 $folder3 ...
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Rsync from multiple folders to one

Is it safe to have multiple folders Rsync simultaneously into one? Each of the source folders contains a subset of the destination folder, and everybody just syncs into a master destination folder. I ...
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Combining rsync --files-from with --delete [duplicate]

I'm doing rsync --files-from=find-output.txt ~/backup/ (simplified). I'm trying to add --delete, to make rsync delete files in backup that are not included in the file list, but it does not delete ...
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Rsync except .svn folders and their sub-contents?

Dealing with a subversion repo and a new user that didn't quite understand how it worked. Long story short, since their local structure was messed up due to copying random .svn folders about, I did ...
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Delete files that exist in the source with rsync

I have a folder on server "A" called ./delete. I want to delete everything in the folder ./stuff on server "B" that exists in the ./delete folder on server "A". Its like the reverse of rsync. ...
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Remote PC accessible by ssh, scp/rsync not working (anymore) [closed]

I've got a remote machine running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I've used it lots of times to log in to via ssh and to copy files to via scp and rsync. Today I was able to log in via ssh, but I'm not able to ...
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find and rysnc?

I want to be able to search for files over 14 days and over 10k and than rsync those found files to a destination. Is there a way to combine these two commands? find ./ -mtime +14 -size +10k rsync ...
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Rsync and take name/path changes into account [duplicate]

I maintain a large folder, and this folder is regularly rsync'ed to another folder far away. Sometimes I change a name on my local folder, and then the next time I rsync to the remote folder the ...
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Do files not copied matter when using rsync?

I have used rsync to back up my / directory to an external hard drive, using this command in user (not su) mode (about 200,000 files copied in one hour and forty minutes) and it seemed to finish ...
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How do I backup a non-empty directory and preserve metadata like permissions/user-group ownership/time file was modified?

I used rsync for creating a backup copy: bash-3.2$ rsync -tvrog /export/home/kent/Scripts /export/home/kent/TEST_Scripts_rsync With these options: Options: -v, --verbose ...
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Why rsync attempts to copy file that is already up-to-date?

I have two same files, on local machine and on remote one. Their sizes are equal, and file on local machine is newer than on remote one - but rsync still attempts to copy the file. I invoke rsync as ...
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rsnapshot LVM without root

I'd like to cron a local backup to a locally mounted USB drive. I'm using rsnapshot and want it to back up an LVM snapshot onto the USB drive. But, unless I run the cron as root it complains that I ...