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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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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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Rsync two file types in one command?

How to write those into one line, also without repeat the same path? rsync -a root@somewhere:/folder/remote/*.txt . rsync -a root@somewhere:/folder/remote/*.jpg .
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Directory sync with automatic peer discovery

I'm working with a cluster of Linux servers sitting behind the Amazon cloud autoscaling feature (documentation). There are files that accumulate on each server, they are cache files for the ...
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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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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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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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Preserve the permissions with rsync

Let's say I have a file a.txt in LINUX with permission of 0664. When I use rsync to copy the file to my Mac with rsync -r -t -v LINUX MAC, the file's permission becomes 0644. How can I keep the ...
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rsync: colon in file names

Other than by renaming the files first, how can I rsync files that may have colons in their names?
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How to synchronize a networked drive and an external drive (Ubuntu & OS X)?

In light of a recent hardware failure, I've decided that it's time to be a little less lax regarding back-ups. What I have: An Ubuntu 10.10 'server/NAS' A MacBook 5,2 A WD external HDD The server ...
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How to include files that are excluded in an rsync

I'm trying to set up an rsync that excludes all .* files except for .htaccess but unfortunately, this doesn't work: rsync -avP --exclude=".*" --include="./.htaccess" ./. user@server:/dir Is it ...
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Cron: My crontabs don't seem to be doing anything at all

I think I'm missing something. I've set up some crontabs to handle rsyncs over ssh in my office to handle some backups, but they don't seem to be running OR logging, for that matter. Am I missing ...
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rsync-like tool that supports compression and maintains hardlinks?

I use an rsync-based backup scheme to maintain daily (and soon weekly and monthly as well) "snapshots" of my file server, using rsync's link-dest feature to store hardlinks between the snapshots for ...
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Why does this exclude pattern for rsync give different results when the source directory has a trailing slash?

When I do something like rsync -a --exclude=/e/garbage /e /dest the exclusion works, but with rsync -a --exclude=/e/garbage /e/ /dest/e it doesn't. I'm using version 3.0.7 protocol version 30 ...
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Filtering paths to a specific depth

I'm using rsync and the flags -nPaAXz ~/ to check which files are going to be copied. This is far too verbose to make any sense of. How could I filter the output so I view the list of files/folders ...
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Incremental system backup and restore w/ rsync or rdiff-backup issues

I've been reading about using rsync and rdiff-backup to make incremental backups of my entire Linux system. I am planning to practise that by setting up a Linux system, making some changes to it, ...
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rsync via ssh from linux to windows sbs 2003 protocol mismatch

I am trying to backup my linux webserver to our local windows sbs 2003 server in the office. I have set up ssh and cwrsync on the windows server and have confirmed that the linux server can reach the ...
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RSync - Excluding a particular subdirectory and its children where the subdirectory exists at different levels

G'Day, I am using rsync to recursively sync a remote folder tree that looks something like the following: /folderA/a1/cache /folderA/a1/cache/A1 /folderA/a1/cache/A2 /folderA/a1/somefolder ...
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Rsync protocol name full path,not a module

Is it possible to name the full path to source directory in rsync command instead of the name of the module. For example: rsync -av rsync://10.171.73.23/home/user/work/tests . instead of : ...
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rsync: does it uses invisible configuration files?

I've a question about rsync command in unix. Does it save some configuration invisible files into the directories ? How does it know which files need to be added or not ? Or is just checking file by ...
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sbopkg is not working with proxy

Sbopkg used to work on my computer untill the network admin started to make a compulsory for the user to use proxy before connecting to the Internet. So, when I tried to sync to slackbuilds, I'm ...
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rsync time comparison - what's the precision of the Modified times comparison

I'm doing some synching with rsync using: rsync --rLvv --times --size-only For my initial sync. My idea, now is to use: rsync --rLvv --times To synch files that have a new modified time. ...
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Copy symlink AND where it points to using rsync

It doesn't need to be done by rsync, but it would be nice not have to write a script to do this, and rsync is very close to what I want. "rsync -a" (or -l) can preserve symlinks, and -L can ...