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rsync doesn't preserve directory ownership even with -a

I use this rsync invocation to backup my home directory: rsync -aARrx --info= --force --delete --info=progress2 -F "$USER_HOME" "$BACKUP_MNTPOINT" rsync man page says that -a implies -g and -o ...
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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 question about a directory

I went ahead and used rsync to back up a root directory called /files my exact commands werersync -avzh /files willc66@server.com:/backup, inside my /files directory I had 2 sub directories home and ...
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What happens when you rsync without a destination?

To make the story short, I did an rsync: rsync -avP root@exampleserver.com:/tmp/ And I forgot to put in my source directory... I really meant to run: rsync -avP /tmp/ root@exampleserver.com:/tmp/ ...
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rsync without prompt for password

I need to execute rsync, without it prompting me for password. I've seen in rsync manpage that it doesn't allow specifying the password as command line argument. But I noticed that it allows ...
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Samba File Server Configuration and Sync for Redundancy

I have two boxes which I installed Samba on. For now, I have a single user that access the server, however, I need to expand as to deploy in a production network. Below is what I want to achieve. ...
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Understanding why such a discrepancy in network transfer?

Summary: I can't understand a peculiar discrepancy in network transfer. Why is there such a discrepancy in syncing from one machine to the other and vice versa? Also: Given the maximum network ...
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force rsync to overwrite files at destination even if they're newer

I have an rsync backup script I run, which also restores files back where they came from when I ask. But if the files at the destination are newer than those in the backup when I try to restore, it ...
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rsync with weird files name appended

I'm doing rsync every 10 minutes via cronjob with a 3g Dongle outside on a field. The rsync will send data to my EC2 server and there I can check the files being sent. But I encounter the destination ...
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An incremental or another full backup? [closed]

After using rsync to backup a file system, if there has been dramatic change in the file system since the last backup, is it still good to do an incremental backup? Is there a rule of thumb about how ...
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easy rsync solution with file manager (thunar or nautilus or…)

A common tasks I teach new users in UNIX is how to make backups. Since most are not comfortable with the command line (CLI) and I want to have them make backups (more than forcing them to use the ...
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Rsync “finds” files that are implicitly excluded

I have a semi-working rsynccommand that I have combined with the find command on a linux box to do a simple file transfer of a specific type and date. Here's the command: rsync -avx --timeout=30 ...
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rsync: delete some files in destination not in source but not delete others

Given two directories /.../src and /.../des, they share some subdirectories share1 and share2 des also has a subdirectory named des1 which doesn't exist in src. How can I perform file transfer ...
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Rsync filter: copying one pattern only

I am trying to create a directory that will house all and only my PDFs compiled from LaTeX. I like keeping each project in a separate folder, all housed in a big folder called LaTeX. So I tried ...
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Rsync: Verify size of incremental backup of a file

I need to test the incremental backup of a file using rsync i.e. whether rsync transfers entire file or just the changes made to it, when an incremental backup is fired. Just for a test, I've created ...
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How do I use my own local text editor to modify system (requires root to save) files on a remote system?

I've recently fallen in love with github's Atom text editor, and I enjoy using it for all my local coding and configuration. I started to maintain a Nagios installation for several dozen servers and ...
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Understand the big difference between real and usr+sys time used by rsync?

I started running rsync in three programs at the same time to transfer data between my external hard drive and my internal one. When they finished, I have their timing results: $ time rsync -a ...
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Both time `rsync` and get its exit value?

If I want to time the running of rsync by time rsync -a /media/t/1/ ./, after it finishes, does $? report the exit value for time not for rsync? How can I both time rsync and get its exit value?
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Using inotifywait along with vim

I have simple script that monitors file for changes and rsyncs it with remote copy: #!/bin/bash while inotifywait -e close_write somefile do rsync somefile user@host.domain:./somefile done It ...
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What is the proper bash method of prompting the user for administrative password before backing up the usb data to the computer?

mate-terminal --window-with-profile=PROFILENAME="Hold the terminal open" -e "sudo rsync -azvu --log-file=/var/log/simplebackup.log --append-verify --exclude '.gvfs' /media/user/usb/ ...
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Does compression option -z with rsync speed up backup

In rsync, -z will compress file data during the transfer. If I understand correctly, -z compress files before transfer and then decompress them after transfer. Does the time reduced during ...
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Why are there multiple rsync threads?

I use a single rsync program to backup a file system. by ps, I find there are four rsync threads or processes, two in R state (running) and two in S state (suspended?): $ ps aux | grep rsync root ...
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Estimate time or work left to finish for rsync?

When running rsync on a directory with lots of files and directories at multiple levels, can we estimate the amount of work or time to finish? the progress option only shows the progress of ...
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rsync unexpected EOF in read_timeout

I'm trying to rsync directories from server A to server B, but i get the following error: permission denied unexpected EOF in read_timeout Command is: rsync -avzn ${LOCAL_DIR} ...
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Make links work in backup?

One file system of mine has many symlinks which link to directories in the file system. Is it possible to create a backup of the file system where the backups of the links work (i.e. still point to ...
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Rsync not overwriting files

I have 2 directories- etc and oldroot/etc I want all the files in etc to match exactly as oldroot/etc If there are any files in etc that are not in oldroot/etc, I want to preserve them as is I have ...
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Suppress server message in rsync

When I rsync or scp from a particular server I get a rather long message telling me the rules of the server. However when I setup regular pulls, I'd like to be able to suppress those messages in my ...
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How to copy a sub directory of one directory to another?

How can I copy a directory structure named function under Dept2 directory into Dept3 directory in one shot?
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Efficient way to download binary from server

I am using a remote machine to compile a project. When it finishes building, I use scp to copy the archive to a local machine. This worked fine till I was on broadband. Now I am using a 3G ...
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Snaphot for backup changing files with rsync?

With rsync, is it acceptable to modify some files in a file system, while backing up the file system? If yes, is it necessary to take a snapshot before backup, and do an incremental backup after ...
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Restore from incremental backup?

I read some books which use dump and restore. They said that during restore, first restore the latest full backup, and then restore each incremental backup created after the full backup. But I am ...
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rsync error during incremental backup

I am learning how to use rysnc (version 3.0.9, protocol version 30) to do backup on a toy example, from a dir /tmp/pdf to a backup dir /tmp/backup, following ...
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Rsync Issue (AWS EC2)

I have spent quite a bit of time trying to Rsync from a remote to a local machine but been having issues with finding the synced files apparently. The command I entered is: sync -avzhe ...
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rsync --backup-dir creates empty folders in backup dir

I have a folder structure like this: . ├── bkp ├── dst └── src └── folder └── file I run the following command: rsync -t -r -b --backup-dir /tmp/rsyncTest/bkp/ /tmp/rsyncTest/src/ ...
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Rsync error 23: some files were not transferred, when copying files from Windows drive to external HDD

I wanted to copy files from the Windows drive to external HDD using rsync, with the following command: rsync -azv --progress --exclude-from '/home/mint/exclude.txt' '/media/mint/OS/' ...
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Deduplication tool for rsync?

Is there a Linux / Unix tool that does de-duplication similar to the way Veeam does it before compressing and sending a backup with rsync to a mirrored location?
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What is the difference between rdiff and librsync?

In my project, I have to keep some files synchronized between two computers. Both rdiff and librsync seem to do the same thing. Can anyone please point me to some differences so I can choose which ...
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Transfer file from remote computer without console

I need help to transfer file from remote Server A to server B (login to B with Terminal (putty)), but I also need to do that in background (so I can close terminal and move away). What have I tried is ...
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Unable to well understand Rsync with include and exclude patterns

First of all, I really read a lot about this topic (including Rsync filter: copying one pattern only), but I still don't understand, or I have a problem with my installation... My structure "from" is ...
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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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“ls -lh” directories reported size : Linux vs CIFS mounted drives

From a Linux box, I recently mounted a Windows share using CIFS. The intent was to "locally" use rsync to backup my Windows machine. The command line used to mount the Windows drive is something ...
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Will rsync use delta coding even when I copy between local harddrives?

Is rsync using delta coding to reduce data transfer even when both of the directories I sync are on local harddrives (or just when copying over the network)?
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SSH Tunnel with autossh

I can't seem to find a close enough example but here it goes. I'm trying to in the end setup rsync from one server to another through an ssh tunnel. Local (my machine) will run the rsync to pull ...
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Prevent empty rsync email on cron

I have a crontab job to sync a folder: 50 5 * * * /home/user/bin/sync-folder This will execute an script: #!/bin/bash sudo rsync -rav --delete --log-file=/tmp/rsync-output /origin /destination ...
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lsyncd and additional parameters for rsync

Currently Im using lsyncd to monitor data and sync them (same machine) settings{ logfile = "/var/log/lsyncd/lsyncd.log", statusFile = "/var/log/lsyncd/lsyncd_status.log", ...
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How to rsync files between two remotes?

I would like to transfer files between two remote hosts using on local shell, but it seems rsync doesn't support synchronisation if two remotes are specified as follow: $ rsync -vuar host1:/var/www ...
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rsync list of files in sub-directories to remote server and delete extraneous

I haven't been able to find the answer to this one. I have tried all kinds of combinations of --include, --exclude, -r, --delete-excluded, and source directory. This is what I'm trying to accomplish: ...
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Unexplained rsync disconnect

I'm rsyncing in to a shared web host from a Yosemite client. I've set up my authorized keys and can ssh in just fine, and scp files over no problem. When I rsync with the -n (dry-run) option, it ...
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rysnc files and folders into a location without altering permissions

I'm using rsync to deploy some static HTML that is going to be served by nginx. The user that is running rysnc is "jenkins" nginx is using the www-data group to access the folder. jenkins is member ...
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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 ...