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Rsync --dry-run not showing correct sent bytes

I'm trying to use rsyn with the --dry-run option to see if there is enough space for the real synchronization. For test purposes I'm trying to synchronize one directory Documents. The size of the ...
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How do you give a developer group access to apache, MySQL, php and the webroot?

We have 3 web designers that are currently logging in to our server via root to configure apache and setup websites. I have very basic linux knowledge (I'm a web designer) and have created users and ...
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rsync options to transfer big tgz files to zfs filesystem and snapshot later

I need transfer everyday a lot of compressed tar files from a hosting server to a zfs data storage server. The standard way to rsync transfer seems to not zfs snapshot friendly. Each snapshot keep ...
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One shell script to perform commands locally and remotely

So, here's the problem. I have a file on a remote machine available only to root, and a private-key-only no-root SSH access(I do have sudo though). I need to copy that file to the local machine, and ...
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rsync transfers unmodified files, why? [closed]

I have three servers A,B,C. A and B share a drive via nfs on A, and C is the UAT server where all changes have been made. After a successful change it transferred to server A via rsync. Earlier it was ...
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how do I exclude a specific folder on the destination when using rsync?

consider the following example: /source /source/folder1 /source/folder2 /source/folder3 /destination /destination/folder2 /destination/folder3 /destination/folder3/mytestfolder1 /...
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Migrating mounts with identical permissions not working

I have two mounts /mount1 and /mount2. I ran the command: rsync -azrt /mount1/* /mount2/ to clone everything from /mount1 to /mount2. I then altered the /etc/fstab (see below) to remove /mount1 ...
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NTFS compression and RSync

I currently have a hard drive that I backup using RSync. I do weekly; monthly snapshots. I would like to compress some of my hard drive using NTFS compression. How would that affect my future ...
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Is there a way to put comments in an rsync --files-from file?

I have a file that rsync uses as --files-from: dir1 dir2 dir3 I want to be able to put comments above each dir entry like that: # my dir1 comment dir1 #dir2 comment dir2 #yet another comment ...
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Specify identity file (id_rsa) with rsync

I need to make periodic backups of a directory on a remote server which is a virtual machine hosted by a research organisation. They mandate that access to VMs is through ssh keys, which is all good, ...
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du --exclude directories - is this possible?

How to calculate disk usage of a file tree but excluding directories. I'd like to have something like: du --exclude type d I use rsync to mirror/backup part of my home dir and I want to double ...
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How do you compare two folders and copy the difference to a third folder?

You've got three folders: folder current, which contains your current files folder old, which contains an older version of the same files folder difference, which is just an empty folder How do ...
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rsync wants to resend files after a recent run

I am using rsync to keep two directories in sync. Specifically I ran: rsync -avz /path/to/src /path/to/dest After this command finished, I ran: rsync --dry-run -avz /path/to/src /path/to/dest ...
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How shall I rsync changes in directory structure without actually recopying

I had the folder structure as below ./a/b/c_file synced to the destination ./a/b/c_file Now I changed the structure in source as ./a/d/e/c_file. But rsync seems to be delete the old directory ...
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How to reconfigure grub on a backed up arch linux on a USB flash disk

i managed to back up my arch linux suing rsync : # rsync -aAXv --exclude={"/dev/*","/proc/*","/sys/*","/tmp/*","/run/*","/mnt/*","/media/*","/lost+found"} / /run/media/username/archlinux edited ...
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rsync “Permission denied” despite ownership

I just rsync'd a bunch of files, from a Windows box running cygwin sshd, to a CentOS 6.4 box. I ran rsync -e sshd... on CentOS to do this. Then I plugged in a USB drive on the CentOS box, formatted ...
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How to examine the fast output of rsync

I am using rsync for backup about 100GB files and directories. My command is sudo rsync -azvv /home/path/folder1/ /home/path/folder2 However, the output for each file goes up so quickly and there ...
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rsync error: Time value of file truncated on receiver

I run the following rsync command to back up my data. I am on Ubuntu 12.04. rsync -rt --delete --links --exclude-from '/home/john/rsync-exclude.txt' /media/data/ server:/backup/data The data ...
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rsync “unknown module” error [duplicate]

I use rsync for backing up the data from servers to a backup machine. For that purpose I start bash scripts via cronjobs but one of them is not working. I searched through the web to see if there is a ...
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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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rsync files that are in remote directory's subfolder

I have an old copy of the remote folder (FD) user@IP:/folder1/folder2/folder3/FD/ which has subfolders fol1, fol2, ..., user@IP:/folder1/folder2/folder3/FD/ |__fol1 ...
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How to tell rsync not to delete some folders at destination?

So I use pelican for writing my blog and I upload the whole thing using rsync. OK. But I use also Let's Encrypt and therefor need the repository .well-known preserved at the root of my website. So ...
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How to make ssh account capabele to only sshfs and rsync?

I'd like to make ssh account that is capable of doing two things: mounting (can be one) directory via sshfs performing backup&recovery of his/her desired directories using rsync I would love ...
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Automating Backup and Shutdown

I want to backup my entire internal hard drive files into an external hardrive and execute system shutdown once the backup is finished. The reason why I want to do that is to execute the backup during ...
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rsync over ssh without typing the password each time [duplicate]

I got a bash script to synchronize data between two computers. It works fine but I have to type my password every time the rsync command is called. #!/bin/bash sourceIP="192.168.178.128" sourceUser=...
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scp without replacing existing files in the destination

How do I copy an entire directory into a directory of the same name without replacing the content in the destination directory? (instead, I would like to add to the contents of the destination folder)
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how to tell rsync to preserve time stamp on files when source tree has a mounted point

Related to this question Short description of the problem: When source tree has a mounted point inside it, then time stamps on files inside that mounted point when copied to target tree are not ...
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How to setup a rsync server and client?

I have worked on rsync for the whole afternoon. I have set a rsync server,but I don't know how to use it. I have two machines:66 and 12. 66 is the server,I want to back 66's data to 12,so I use rsync....
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RAID1 vs rsync - security?

I'm setting up a NAS-Server using an Odroid XU4 and two 2TB HDDs. Which setup would be more secure (lower risk of losing data / easier recovery): setup a RAID1 with mdadm have two separate devices, ...
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Looking for rsync+ssh-based method as alternative to Dropbox

I want to set up a personal (i.e. one user) Dropbox alternative using rsync, to keep some directories synchronized over several Unix hosts. Since only one user (namely, me) will be changing the ...
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Stopping rsync without leaving temporary files behind

When copying files from directory A to B with rsync using $ rsync -a --backup --suffix=.$(date +"%Y%m%d%H%M%S") A/ B/ a file called filename in A will temporarily be called something on the form ....
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Allow the restricted rsync (rrsync) script for arbitrary directories with authorized_keys

Automating Backups I would like to implement a backup solution with copies data from various directories from a Web server (WebServer) to a local backup server (BackupServer). The backup should run ...
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Backup with rsnapshot only if there are changes

I use rsnapshot to make regular backups of my systems' filesystems to a remote server. (For those familiar with rsync but less used to rsnapshot here is a brief introduction to its workings. A backup ...
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Bash command help to “search and replace” file in changing directory tree

The Scenario: I've built a collection of files for research in a central repository on my server. I'm continually curating the repo changing the directory's tree structure by renaming and moving ...
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view stdout for another pts [duplicate]

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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Does a file move operation over SAMBA preserve the inode number?

If I have a directory exposed over a SAMBA share and a user, from either a Linux or Windows system, moves a file from one place to another on that share, does SAMBA know to ask the operating system ...
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Invoke rsync with specific defaults for current folder?

I have a local folder which I want to synchronize with a remote folder through SSH, and I'd like to do it through rsync. I would always call rsync with the same arguments, and same source and ...
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Conditions sent over ssh are performed locally, not remotely [duplicate]

So I am trying to do something like this: ssh -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no -o UserKnownHostsFile=/dev/null -i \ /home/backupboy/.ssh/id_rsa user@server.com \ "[[ $(ls -1 /mnt/dir | wc -l) -gt 4 ]]...
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How can I pause/resume rsync

How can I pause an rsync that's running? First time I did Ctrl+C to kill it and used the -P flag to run again. Is this prone to corrupt the current file transfer? Second time I simply put MacOS to ...
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Speed up / avoid calculation of rsync file lists

I use rsync 3.1.1 to keep in sync two discs, one of which is on the network and mounted as a samba share on /mnt/ROUTER_WD_2TB/. This is the source, with a speed of 30-40MB/s maximum due to network ...
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@ERROR: chdir failed but directory exists

I have a D-Link DNS-320 and I've installed FFP and I'm trying to get rsync running on it. So far I've got the daemon up and running and I've defined a module in my rsyncd.conf like so: max ...
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Trying to run rsync between two remote servers via reverse port forwarding with ssh key

I'm trying to run an rsync between two servers. I'm basing things off of this post: How to rsync files between two remotes? What I find missing is how to facilitate the rsync (via ssh) when a key (...
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rsync 3.1.0 is creating empty backup directories

I just noticed that there is a discrepancy between version 3.0.9 and 3.1.0 of rsync. Running the command $ rsync -a --delete --backup --backup-dir=../old source/ dest/ with version 3.1.0 gives the ...
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Copy files if directory does not exist on target

Can you copy files (using rsync ideally but any scriptable tool considered) from server A to server B skipping directories that already exist on the target, and any files they contain? Server A FEED -...
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suppress rsync warning: some files vanished before they could be transferred

I get loads of warnings when backing up my running Postfix and Courier server files like: file has vanished: /var/kunden/mail/username/name@mymail.de/tmp/courier.lock How do I suppress those ...
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How to set up permissions on external hard drive in order to use it to backup using rsync?

So I have recently installed arch linux, and I was looking into a good way to back up my data. Looking at the wiki, I decided I followed this gude: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/...
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rsync to remote server without password [duplicate]

I seem to be having a little issue with connecting to a remote server, to rsync my backups what i have done so far run ssh-keygen created public and private key run ssh-copy-id -i my.key.pub ...
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rsync ignore owner, group, time, and perms

I want to know how use rsync for sync to folders recursive but I only need to update the new files or the updated files (only the content not the owner, group or timestamp) and I want to delete the ...
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Using --delete option with rsync

We are using the following rsync command in a script to copy files from source to destination. rsync -av --exclude 'share/web/sessions/' --rsync-path "sudo rsync" /sdata/ 172.31.X.X:/sdata/ &>...