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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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How to rsync to different directory?

Here is what I want to achieve: Run Rsync to compare two directories recursively like this: rsync -r /source /target but don't actually rsync between the directories. I want the resulting ...
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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 an mpd playlist

An mpd playlist looks like this: syncrel.m3u Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin' [V0]/04. One Too Many Mornings.mp3 Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin' [V0]/01. The Times They Are ...
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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 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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Force new permissions on files after rsync from seedbox

I have a seedbox-account which I use for torrenting. I have set up a cron job that uses rsync to download all files from the seedbox to my 14.04.1 ubuntu server. The download folder is a samba share, ...
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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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Alternative to diff with progress for massive directory compare?

I just rsync-ed 2,000,000 files (3TB) from one RAID to another. I want to make sure my data is intact. rsync -c takes a really long time. diff doesn't show me what it's doing. Is there an ...
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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 --backup-dir seems to be ignored

I want to use rsync to backup a directory from a local location to a remote location, and store changed files in another remote location. I did use: rsync -rcvhL --progress --backup \ ...
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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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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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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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Permission issues when doing system backup using rsync [duplicate]

I'm trying to backup my linux system (arch linux on a laptop) to a remote computer on the same network using ssh (or NFS). I use rsync extensively to backup my /home directory to the remote computer ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do you fire a sequence of commands at the command tool?

I had a previous question (deleted it) and I still don't understand why it is so hard to understand what I'm trying to ask, but I'll try once again and more clearly. So I'm copying over several ...
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How to copy large files over the network

I need to copy large files over the network, but I am not sure about the command line to use for it. I have been using rsync, but I feel maybe I could zip the files first? I am a Unix beginner, so ...
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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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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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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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How can I invoke a prompt for an ssh key passphrase during the execution of a script?

In my ssh_config file there are multiple entries for sites on the same server such as: Host site1 HostName 123.1.1.1 User myuser Port 13245 GSSAPIAuthentication no ...
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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: ...
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Why would I use a rsync mirror?

Most Linux distributions offer mirrors that use rsync. I know that rsync is best used on mirrors because it only copies the delta between the local file and the remote one. What benefits do I get as ...
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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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Basic rsync command for bit-identical copies

As far as I undstand, the following command: sudo rsync --delete -azvr /home/oshiro/Desktop/source/ /home/oshiro/Desktop/destination Is this all I need to create a simple synchronisation of files ...
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ssh/scp works but rsync just constantly says “no”

Hi I have a windows 2003 server that I need to back up onto a linux client so I install cygwin on the Win2k3. On the Win2k3 I have enabled ssh, scp but (because the Win2k3 server uses an customised ...
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Get files on remote copy but not local

I have a folder. I have one copy of this folder locally and one on a server. I edited my local folder as I wanted and then rsync it to the server. Is there any way of comparing those two copies, ...
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Backing Up to a Compressed Archive on Linux

How would you go about backing up just some files and subdirectories of a given directory to a compressed archive so that the tree structure could then easily be recreated from that archive. ...
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Using rsync to copy from local to remote server with cronjob, asking for password

I want to copy files from a local machine to a remote machine. I have the command all set up and it looks like this: rsync -a project root@123.456.789.0:~ However, when running this command, I'm ...
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Is rsync really bidirectional or more unidirectional?

So I understand that rsync works by using a checksum algorithm that updates files according to file size and date. But isn't this synchronization dependent on how source and destination are called? ...
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Meaning of Crossing filesystem boundaries, --one-file-system, etc

I'm planning to use rsnapshot to backup my whole Linux system, though I'm confused by -x option (same of one_fs in rsnapshot.conf). The man page says: -x one filesystem, don't cross partitions ...
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Do files not copied matter when using rsync?

I have used rsync to back up my / directory to an external hard drive, using this command in user (not su) mode (about 200,000 files copied in one hour and forty minutes) and it seemed to finish ...
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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 ...