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Move files and delete directories with rsync?

Recently I needed to delete a large number of files (over 1 million) and I read that doing: rsync -av --delete `mktemp -d`/ ~/source && rmdir ~/source Was one of the most optimized ways to ...
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rsync does not return on error

I am running a backup script from a udev rule. The script mounts and copies data to a newly connected USB drive, with help of rsync. # Mounting stuff MOUNTPOINT=/media/backup export ...
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rsync recursively with a certain depth of subfolders

I want to rsync a folder recursively but want subfolders included only to a certain depth. For example I would want a depth of 1,2,3 or 4 subfolders like this: source/ ├── subfolder 1 │   ├── ...
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How to rsync a directory to a new directory with different name?

I'm doing a data transfer, the old file system relies deeply on a directory which now is on different path. This is a git directory which stores code online. I have no rights to move it or rename it. ...
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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 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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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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Should I increase inode count for a rsync backup volume?

Considering rsync used for incremental OS backup creates hardlink farms for all non-differing files, if I use it to backup a large, slowly-changing system regularly to a dedicated volume, I'm worried ...
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rsync with 'files from' in wildcards

[I had to change the example to make it clear that there are subdirectories.] Let's say I want to recreate a subset of my hierarchy. for arguments sake, let's say I want to backup files in ...
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Using rsync for incremental backup, what happens when original full backup is due for deletion?

I have started an incremental back up, on an external hard drive, of my Fedora 20 data etc using the scheme from here, which produces a full back up on day 1 followed by incremental backups using hard ...
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ZFS backup advice with another server

I currently have two servers both have the exact same hardware, disks, etc. One server (server1) is going to be the "main" server. It's basically a server with raidz2 that has SMB shares on it that ...
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Can I change the exclude file list while running rsync under a cron job

I am using Fedora 20, MATE desktop, zshell. I have started a cronjob to run, every evening, an incremental backup using rsync, closely following the suggestions here. After the first run yesterday, ...
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Rsync : overwrite log file

In rsync, --log-file creates a log file, however, if i do a daily backup, the log is appended to the previous log file. How can i force rsync to overwrite the log file instead of appending to it?
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What root directories should I back up? [duplicate]

I intend to start incremental backups of my Fedora 20 system, and would like to know what root directories I should include, and what directories it is useful to exclude. I know there is a lot of ...
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Exclude directories with 'rsync' and ssh with pull request

I am trying to pull from a remote server and exclude a directory on the remote server. For some reason it keeps pulling that directory I have excluded. Here is the command I am running: rsync -azP ...
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Backing up Linux server to Windows domain

I'm maintaining a small Linux workstation/server in a Windows-domain-based environment. Apart from being in the same network, the Linux computer is not connected to the domain. Until now, I'm using a ...
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rsync copy only files facade [duplicate]

Is there a way to mirror a directory structure and files there contained with rsync, giving out facade zero length files? I mean, mirroring dirs (-d flag I think) exactly as they are, while not ...
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rsync: mix exclude and include filters

The following pattern copies the .pdf files from source to destination, working fine. rsync -rv --include="*.pdf" --include="*/" --exclude="*" --prune-empty-dirs /source/ ~/destination/ but I want ...
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Backup to flash drive using rsync

I've decided to make a full backup from my SSD disk to flash drive. According to archwiki general backup is done with following command: rsync -aAXv ...
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How to rsync over ssh when directory names have spaces

I am new to Linux and am trying to rsync from one server to another. The servers have the same directory structure but I am having trouble getting the remotes server to properly recognize the path ...
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rsync daemon max connections unlimited

I'm creating a gui app to upload files to a particular place on a server. the user is able to drop files and these files are 'moved' to the server, if the file already exists, then it is only updated ...
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Repetition of password while rsync-ing files?

I'm using a script to download files in two steps: First, I'm downloading a file containing a list of files from a server to my host machine using rsync. Then, I'm using rsync to download the ...
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How to output rsync sent data in realtime using standard tools

I'm developing a small tool for some people who need to send files over to a server. I'd like to use rsync to a rsync deamon to do so. Is it possible to have rsync to output how much data it has ...
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rsync exclude-from directory with space

I am trying to exclude "Mendeley Desktop" directory for rsync. The exclude-from= is as: Downloads *.o *.iso Dropbox Documents/Mendeley\ Desktop but rsync is still backing up the Mendeley Desktop. ...
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Interactive ssh works, but not rsync or scp, on OSX

The motivation is that there's a server that I can ssh into (with or without key pairs set up ... i.e., without or with a password) but that I cannot send files to via rsync, scp, or sftp. Someone ...
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rsync gives “chown <…> failed: Invalid argument (22)” with nfs share

I'm trying to back up my entire system to an external disk using rsync, via a shell script which is run as root: #!/bin/bash rsync -vSHPhhaX --numeric-ids --delete ...
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rsync --delete doesn't delete all files

This is the script I have so far rsync -avz -e ssh --delete /tftp/ username@192.168.1.51:/tftp/ I want it to completely copy every directory/file in /tftp/ and overwrite everything in the ...
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How to interpret rsync console output?

I use the following rsync command to backup my files: rsync -avHc Pictures /backup/ Isn't -v supposed to only display files and directories that were transferred? If I change a file and run the ...
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Rsync folder while --exclude-from'ing .gitignore files at different depths

So I'm trying to work on a command to rsync a source folder with a structure like so: - app.js - .gitignore - src/ - src/logs/ - src/logs/.gitignore The first .gitignore would have a series of ...
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Having an rsync job complete after closing SSH connection

I am transferring a large amount of files from one computer to another using rsync. I am doing this by SSHing into the source computer and executing a command like this: sudo rsync ssh ...
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RYSNC over SSH not working for restricted shell

I need to give access to some Mr X in my production server so that he can push files to my server. Since there is no necessity to give him shell access , I decided to use restricted shell (rssh) so ...
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Automatically pauseing rsync if target is full

I need to transfer 80gb's of unsorted text documents from one computer to another and all I have is a 32gb USB. Is there an option to make rsync automatically pause when the USB is full without losing ...
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rsync include-from exlcude-from with including subdir but excluding dirs above

I try to use rsync with --include-from and --exclude-from options. I have a directory structure like: /docs/domain-[a-z]/templates Now I want to sync templates only if something is in there. Further ...
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Incremental file back up by date

Is there any backup tool that supports partial back up by date? What I mean is that I have some small drives such as on a laptop that can't hold a full copy of all the files on an external 2TB drive. ...
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I can't get rsync --exclude-from to work with a file

Here's the command : rsync -avAX --exclude-from=/home/vco/bin/wip-files-learning/backup_tests/rsyncexclude.txt ./some_tests/ ./back_to_me/ Here's the contents of the exclude file : ...
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rsync: Copy speed decreases while syncing two directories

I am using rsync on fedora 20 to sync my directories. I am using the command below:- $ rsync --progress -a srcDir DestDir But, as rsync copies files, copy speed decreases significantly. Here is my ...
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Chunked transfer contents of block device over bad network

/dev/sda is the only disk on system. I want to save it to a raw image on another server. I can't do it in one shot, because network disconnects often. Is it possible with e.g. torrent?
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Rsync doesn't skip existing files

I use rsync to backup all the files from a specific folder in a USB drive connected to my Mac (Osx 10.9) to a folder of my home network NAS. The problem is that rsync replace all files and it does not ...
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rsync causing errors after sync

When I run the rsync command to push my files to production, sometimes - not always, and it's very rare - after the sync has completed, we are getting errors within our production environment. The ...
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Transfering millions of files from one server to another

I have two servers. One of them has 15 million text files (about 40 GB). I am trying to transfer them to another server. I considered zipping them and transferring the archive. But I realized that ...
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What does all this extra data from rsync mean?

When I move directories with rsync, I get some extra data to the right of the progress bar right after each file has been copied: $ rsync -aP assembly /media/andreas/backup sending incremental file ...
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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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Linux command to copy as hard links, while deleting unwanted files?

I'm looking for a command that behaves both like cp -al in only creating hard links rather than copying file contents, and rsync -a --delete in removing files from the destination that are not ...
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Can rsync be configured to avoid modifying subdirectories not found in the source folder?

I am having a hard time figuring out exactly how to run rsync to get it to do what I need it to do. Basically what I need is as follows given a single source folder with multiple sub-directories: ...
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communicate with rsync daemon without sockets

According to the manpage, rsync --daemon will either: try to communicate using the rsync protocol using stdin/out, if it detects that the stdin/out are a socket, open a TCP socket for listening and ...
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How to Copy Only the Directories with a specific File in that directory

Main_Directory | Event_Subdirectories | *.mcp .otherfiles I want to copy all Event_Subdirectories to another Main_Directory that have the *.mcp file within the Event_subdirectory, but I'm ...
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Using rsync, how can I know what attribute of source file differed from the dest which caused the trasfer

I heavily depend on rsync for remote data transfer and backup purposes, occasionally on different filesystem types. AFAIK rsync by default compares file size and modification timestamps to find out ...
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File tranfer from the server

I want move (not copy with scp) my file from the server to the local repository and finally delete it on the server after transfer. I use next command from the repository, where I want have the file: ...
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copy symlinks with rsync

When I'm trying to backup a disk with rsync, symbolic links are not resolved correctly. For example: media └disk1 ├folder1 │ └folder2 (symlink to /media/disk1/folder2) └folder2 After rsync ...
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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 ...