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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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Use rsync to just get a folder and its content with a pattern

I've looked all around the internet, looked in regexp sites and everything else, but I'm unable to write a rsync command to fetch what I want to. I need to mirror the FreeBSD release, but I don't ...
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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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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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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 rsync a chroot without breaking symlinks?

I'd like to rsync (backup) a chroot environment from outside the chroot. For that I first make a lvm snapshot of the chroot volume and then run rsync on that. The only problem with this approach: ...
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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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Different rsync behavior for identical directory name

I want to synchronize 2 codebases. The below command is working great, except that it doesn't account for one use case that I have with 2 directories named test in different locations: /test/ ...
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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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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: 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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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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synchronize only the newest files and folders, limit by size

I would like to sync Folder A to Folder B with the following restrictions Folder A contains thousands of files in hundreds of folders and many hundreds of GBs of files. Folder B will contain the ...
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Does rsync over any type of checksum? [duplicate]

I need to transfer files from several servers to a single remote host using Rsync over SSH. However, I need to be sure that before the file is deleted on the source using the --remove-from-source ...
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Using setfacl to create recursive permissions for Apache with rsync

I have a Dokuwiki installation locally, which I regularly sync to my server with rsync. I'm also going to give a friend of mine an ssh account, and host his public Dokuwiki installation. However, I'm ...
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light weight disk based backup solution

Currently I am using Dirvish to backup a handful remote machines, both Linux and Windows to local disks. But Dirvish hasn't seen any updates for many years and it has a couple of small annoyances ...
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rsync delete only excluded files

rsync option --delete-excluded implies --delete as well. From man page: --delete-excluded In addition to deleting the files on the receiving side that are not on the sending side, this tells ...
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Why is rsync not found?

rsync -avP /home/user/.profile hpux3:/home/user/.profile bash: rsync: command not found If I did ssh to hpux3 machine rsync version 3.1.1 protocol version 31 Copyright (C) 1996-2014 by Andrew ...
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How do I backup via rsync to a remote machine, preserving permissions and ownership?

Drive A is 2TB in a closet at home. Drive B is 2TB in my office at work. I'd like drive A to be the one I use regularly and to have rsync mirror A to B nightly/weekly. The problem I have with this ...
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Comments in argument lists?

Some commands, such as rsync, take in lists as an argument. Can these files contain unix comments like #?
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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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Rsync problem with cron and no problem manually

I have a backup.sh file that launch an rsync command. This rsync is to backup my dedicated server on a RaspberryPi running raspbian. (I use keychain so I don't need to type any password etc ...) The ...
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Backup and synchronization

I want to synchronize my personal document repository between my different computers in my home. Today this folder is under a dedicated partition of the hard drive of a dual boot workstation. My ...
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How should I rsync files in /var/www if I want them to be owned by www-data?

I have set up a new ec2 ubuntu box and installed apache and php5. By default you log onto the box with the ubuntu user who has sudo privileges. I believe apache runs as root and php5 runs as ...
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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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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 do I backup a non-empty directory and preserve metadata like permissions/user-group ownership/time file was modified?

I used rsync for creating a backup copy: bash-3.2$ rsync -tvrog /export/home/kent/Scripts /export/home/kent/TEST_Scripts_rsync With these options: Options: -v, --verbose ...
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rsync: how to include files with name ending in a specific string [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Rsync filter: copying one pattern only I would like to use rsync to transfer all files from a server (or server-via-ssh) which have a specific ending string, such as a ...
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Rsync unable to remove remote file not exist in local

Consider my local folder /tmp/foo/ /tmp/foo/1.txt /tmp/foo/2.txt /tmp/foo/3.txt and my remote folder /tmp/foo/ /tmp/foo/1.txt /tmp/foo/2.txt /tmp/foo/4.txt and in my local side, I run the ...
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Can rsync fix time stamps without redownloading?

I have mirrored 100 GiB of files. On my mirror, some of the timestamps and maybe file permissions are wrong. I would like to use rsync to fix this. The server from which I have downloaded has more ...
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How does rysnc work over ssh?

When the rsync program is invoked over ssh what does the interaction between rsync and ssh look like? What feature of ssh is rsync using? I am interested in the interaction between rsync and ssh.
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What should I include and exclude with rsync to back up my system?

I have spent all day experimenting with rsync exclude-from and include-from, no success and completely lost. None of the examples or help I can find answer my exact, but quite simple requirement, and, ...
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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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Rsync protocol name full path,not a module

Is it possible to name the full path to source directory in rsync command instead of the name of the module. For example: rsync -av rsync://10.171.73.23/home/user/work/tests . instead of : ...
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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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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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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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rsync file copy including files that change

I have to copy files between 2 servers using rsync (the network is slow). Can mirroring/ FXP with lftp be used here? Also there will be a continuous flow of files in the source directory & the ...
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Preserve ownership with rsync and nonexistent user

I have two computers with the same user, me@Home and me@Work. I usually kept their folders synced by bringing Work home (it's a laptop) and rsyncing over LAN. However, now I'm not bringing Work home ...
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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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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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rsync and backup and changing timezone

I back up my pictures from my camera using rsync, using: rsync -vzrtl --progress --stats --timeout=0 host destination Now I was in a different timezone when I did my first backup then I moved to a ...
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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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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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How to skip special / socket files during rsync transfer?

Using the following command. rsync --archive --delete --partial --progress --recursive --no-links --no-devices --quiet source target Using --no-links and --no-devices already. Getting the error ...
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rsync to multiple remote servers

I have a file I want to sent to multiple separate servers. Is it possible to name multiple destinations? rsync foo.png server1:foo.png server2:foo.png This gives me a "Unexpected remote ...
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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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Delete the files on the destination which are found in the source using rsync

I was wondering is there any way to delete all the files in the destination using rsync which are found in source. I have 30+ dir in source and 100+ files on the destination I want only the 30+ in ...
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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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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 ...