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from a sparse file to a block device over the network

If I have a sparse file representing a block device, then how can I efficiently restore the file over a network? Ideally, I'd use rsync -S host:file /dev/sdb, but rsync won't write to block devices. ...
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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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how to use rsync (using password-less ssh), with sudo just on the local side?

This command works fine for me with password-less ssh: rsync -aqve ssh ${user}@${remote_host}:/etc/bind /tmp/etc/bind Since I would like to rsync directly to my own local /etc/bind with root ...
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rsync'ing multiple {src,dest} pairs

I have a remote server on which I am deploying code. I am currently using scp to upload code, but scp is very slow and I'd like to switch to rsync (or something else which is more efficient). The ...
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How to force overwrite non-empty directories using `mv`

I am wanting to move (not just copy) a group of files/directories to a different directory some of which have name clashes with files/directories in the target directory. My main objective is to move ...
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Rsyncing files with special characters to USB FAT32

I want to copy a large number of files to a USB drive that is formatted FAT32 (and cannot be formatted anything else, unfortunately). Many of these files have names with characters such as : and ? ...
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How to diff two folders by inodes

I'm currently using a script to backup files on my computer. In a nutshell, it works like this: rsync --link-dest=$FOLDER/current $SOURCE $DESTINATION However, I think that my script may be ...
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Using rsync + cron to sync a machine behind a firewall with my dropbox

I have a machine (A) behind a firewall with no access to the Internet, on this machine I can NFS mount directories on another machine (B) which can access internet, and is accessible from Internet, ...
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Asking rsync to create *any* necessary directories

I have the following loop in zsh: for x in my_folders*; do rsync -adrv $x/foo/bar/ /foo2/bar2/new_dir/$x/ done new_dir does not exist before calling rsync, and I would like rsync to create ...
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rsync archive mode

I have been reading plenty of articles regarding rsync and its -a switch. As per theory, I have understood that it preserves a lot of properties like permission, time, group, owner, etc., but why ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Bash remote autocompletion : change the 'starting' directory

I'm regularly downloading files from a remote server, always from the same directory. So I wrote a custom function that I put in my bashrc: download_from_myserver () { for file in "$@" do ...
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rsync: failed to set permissions on “/path/to/file.txt”: Operation not permitted (1) [duplicate]

I encountered the error when attempting to transfer source files from a remote Linux web server to a local HP dt1000i Desktop Hard Drive connected to an Ubuntu 12.10 box via USB. A Samba share is ...
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Any ideas to simplify the awkward rsync expression below?

Here is expression: rsync -avz --progress -e "ssh -i /where/is/my/id_dsa" vivek@some.host:`ssh -i /where/is/my/id_dsa vivek@some.host "find /remote/source/dir -type f -name '*.sql' | sort -nr | head ...
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Can rsync resume after being interrupted?

I used rsync to copy a large number of files, but my OS (Ubuntu) restarted unexpectedly. After reboot, I ran rsync again, but from the output on the terminal, I found that rsync still copied those ...
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How to implement a rotation scheme with rsync

I have an ever growing remote directory of files that I'd like to sort and filter before I rsync them, with the goal of always keeping only the latest N files in my destination directory (i.e. a ...
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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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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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How do I enable rsync in libcurl?

I'm on Arch. When pacman tries to download a package from an ftp server, It fails with the error message Protocol rsync not supported or disabled in libcurl This has been bugging me for a little ...
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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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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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Rsync over ssh tunnel - using gateway server

Environment: ---------- ---------- /| ------------ | Work | | Gateway| | | | cluster | |Station |--------------------------------| ...
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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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Edge cases in filesystem operations during backup and file copy

I have a question about file access in Linux that I cannot sum it up completely. Consider that I have a home directory that I backup it using rsync triggered via cron. My home directory is on an EXT4 ...
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rsync certain files, excluding the rest, ignoring .svn/ directory, recursively

I'm using rsync to copy some files from a share to another. Recursively, I need to: Delete files at destination that were removed from the origin Only sync php and js files Exclude every other file ...
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How do I rsync only some files in some directories

I'm trying to sync all *.jpg files from /var/www/data/models/days/ + some other directories from /var/www/data root. I do: rsync -az --delete --include='/models' --include='*.jpg' --exclude='*' ...
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How to see the total progress while copying the files

We know that if we give --progress parameter to rsync it will show the progress of files copied. But issue is that is shows the progress for each single file not total or overall progress. So how to ...
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rsync: how to relocate absolute symlinks?

I've pored over the rsync manpage as well as on several related questions here on serverfault. I've played with -R and -L and -l options, but no luck. Here is the question: when sending a dir from ...
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rsync compare directories?

Is it possible to compare two directories with rsync and only print the differences? There's a dry-run option, but when I increase verbosity to a certain level, every file compared is shown. ls -alR ...
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start rsync download before upload completes

I'm uploading a file via rsync from my local machine to a server so that a colleague can download it to his machine. Normally I would notify him to start downloading when the upload is complete, but ...
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Setting nice and ionice for rsync via xinetd

I am attempting to set nice and ionice for rsync via xinetd. I am running Fedora 16. The reason I would like to use these values is to reduce the rsync process to an idle state so other processes run ...
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Export a m3u playlist to a directory in order they appear in the playlist

There is a way to rsync a m3u playlist into a destination directory. How can I process the list and number the output so it orders the files to match the playlist order? For example the m3u: ...
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Rsync ssh include & exclude

Here is my current rsync shell script upload.sh SOURCEDIR=/Users/thomas/sites/dreamhost/ DESTDIR=******@reggi.com:/home/thomasreggi/sites/ ##rsync -avzL --delete --include '*/' ...
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rsync pattern copy: dotfiles

I followed the advice given in the question Rsync filter: copying one pattern only to setup a command line I need to backup only the dotfiles .inF* Yet with the command: rsync -av --include='.inF*' ...
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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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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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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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Most Efficient way to back up/sync large directories over SSH

I'm looking to back up some large directories on a Dedicated Server to another Server on a daily basis using minimal bandwidth RSync looks like its up to the task but I'm unsure of the best command ...
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Pausing rsync via bash script?

Is there a way to pause rsync via command line, if it transfers data for over X minutes? I'm working on using it as a backup and would like it to pause every once in a while to prevent the hard disks ...
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What do you filter / exclude list when doing backup with rsync? [closed]

I'm trying to build a comprehensive filter / exclude file, to prevent backuping stuff that doesn't make sense do backup, such as temporary / cache data or easily recreatable files. I would appreciate ...
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rsync and write permissions at the target

I always wondered why rsync tries to transfer a file to a remote location where it has read/execute permissions for the target dir, but no write permissions to create the actual destination file. This ...
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How to recursively synchronize file timestamps across servers?

Suppose I run an rsync command to mirror a server, but forget to supply the -t option. The mirror will now have different timestamps to the original. What is the easiest way to fix this, without ...
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transfer a file to remote dir only if doesn't exist without replacing

I'm using CentOS linux. In one line cmd, that returns 0 if success, non-0 if failure, I need: Transfer a file to a remote server. Don't transfer the file if filename exists in remote server ...
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rsync server/daemon security

I have a NAS (Netgear Readynas NV+) at home and a linux (Arch) box at work that is always on. The linux box is already running an ssh server/daemon and the NAS is already running an rsync ...
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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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Using rsync to sync two directories on server and localhost, but size is different

I'm using rsync to sync a directory from server to localhost: rsync -avz --delete ./Stuff user@host:/Stuff This all works fine, but how come when I type 'du -s' in both the server and the localhost ...
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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: ...