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How do I run inetd at startup on OpenBSD?

I am trying to backup my Synology NAS to my old NAS. The old NAS has to be an rsync compatible server (according to Synology), and the original OS didn't support it. Fortunately OpenBSD supports my ...
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What folders do I leave out when trying to setup a backup for a Raspbian (Debian) install on a Raspberry Pi 2? [duplicate]

More specifically I'm going either with rSync or something similar to backup the root of the file system to another computer remotely. What do I leave out?
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Copy a rolling “last 2 months” of files

I have a friend who is a photographer and she has a lot of large files as a result. Our current solution is where some files are delivered to my house. I don't have the storage capability to store all ...
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rsync ignore owner, group, time, and perms

I want to know how use rsync for sync to folders recursive but I only need to update the new files or the updated files (only the content not the owner, group or timestamp) and I want to delete the ...
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Syncing directories in both directions with rsync

I happen to know about rsyn, and I use rsync to sync between my mac and a linux server as follows. rsync -r -t -v MAC LINUX rsync -r -t -v LINUX MAC I expected to run the first command to sync, but ...
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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 rsync resolve conflicts?

What if machine A and machine B shares have a directory previously in sync via rsync, and A changes a file and B changes the same file, and you rsync from A to B? Is it perhaps anything like a merge ...
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Trying to setup a 2 way file sync in Linux

I am trying to setup a 2 way file sync in linux of reasonably small data-set. I would like to replicate data over WAN so distributed filesystems like gluster are not in point of my interest - they are ...
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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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configuring rsync for incremental backup and recovery

The setup is a NAS box on a lan mounted as NFS and the source is a laptop running an old kubuntu 10.4. Rsync has to be run as a local file copy, NAS box doesn't support an rsync daemon. How do I ...
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delete .gitignored files with rsync

I often need to use rsync to synchronize a local with a possible remote directory, while ignoring exactly all the files git would ignore because of its .gitignore configuration. To do so, I am ...
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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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How can I pause/resume rsync

How can I pause an rsync that's running? First time I did Ctrl+C to kill it and used the -P flag to run again. Is this prone to corrupt the current file transfer? Second time I simply put MacOS to ...
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rsync a list of directories with absolute path in text file

I have a text file containing a list of directories with its absolute path $ cat DirectoriesToCopy.txt /data/Dir1 /data/Dir2 I want to use rsync to copy all these directories preserving its ...
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How to remove directory from rsync share completely

Is there any rsync command that can remove some remote directory from rsync share completely? I mean delete not only directory content but the directory itself. And without rsyncing the entire parent ...
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SSH error: WARNING: REMOTE HOST IDENTIFICATION HAS CHANGED!

I ran rsync (cygwin) and got this error. I think they changed the Red Hat Linux OS from version 5 to version 6, last night. Would that be the cause of this error message? What do I need to do to fix ...
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Bash script to get the result from rsync transfer and zip it as a directory in the original directory

OK, I guess this is weird. I have a small stage.sh script very simply has a bunch of commands: if [ "$(whoami)" == 'David' ]; then rsync -a --delete-excluded --exclude-from=.rsyncrc $(pwd) ...
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Rsync interrupted by “No space left” message

Say I want to rsync /dir of a remote host to the /dir (same path) of a local host. For that I would do rsync -artz root@remote-host:/dir/* /dir/ from my local host. The /dir on the remote host ...
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File corruption using rsync, multiple rsync processes, moved/renamed source file

I'm encountering some file corruption when using rsync (that is, the file contents do not match the source file). I can understand the file becoming corrupt if it is being written to while being ...
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Make rsync move (not copy) files on local file system

Can I make rsync to move large amount of files instead of copying them when on local filesystem? I would like it to behave like improved mv command. I know about --remove-source-files option but ...
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Absolute path in rsync dry-run statistics

I have executed following command in order to get the list of files that would be transferred to remote server if rsync is executed: rsync -avzm --stats --safe-links --ignore-existing --dry-run ...
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Rsync Excludes Folders

I am running a rsync script and I want to exclude certain folders. I know with rsync you have to create a .txt file and add all the excludes in there but I am wondering is it possible to just have a ...
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sync source A into destination B

I want to create a perfect copy of A in B. I'm using this command, but is working good only on same existing folders rsync -h --progress --stats -r -tgo -p -l -D --delete /A /B if folder x exists ...
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Is setting a higher nice level for a process an effective way to reduce its impact on system load/CPU time?

I have an rsync cron job which is pushing the server load and triggering monitor alerts. If I set the job to be run with a high nice level, would that effectively reduce the impact it has on system ...
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rsync excluding empty files

I recently discovered that a few files on a volume had been mysteriously truncated - or more accurately, replaced with a zero length file. Fortunately, these files were hard-linked from multiple ...
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rsync's --link-dest option does not link because of file time

Consider this test case: mkdir a echo 'blah' > a/test mkdir b echo 'blah' > b/test rsync -r --link-dest=/tmp/b /tmp/a/ /tmp/c As expected, rsync creates c/test a hardlink of b/test (note the ...
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Rsyncing files from server to local machine automatically

I currently have a crontab job running on my machine every friday at 3 AM as a back up method. The job runs a bash script which runs an rsync command to sync files from the server to my external hard ...
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How can I do an rsync that asks for a confirmation for each individual file?

I have a small number of files to sync from one server to another, however there are some files I want to exclude from being synced. I'd rather not have to add them to a --exclude pattern if I can ...
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How rsync --compare-dest works

I know there's a very similar question here, but the accepted answer has nothing to do with rsync, and the OP's solution doesn't apply in my case. I'm trying to get all the updates from a CentOS ...
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How to keep a redundant home directory for offline use?

Scenario: My home dir is on NFS, identities are in LDAP and authorization is via Kerberos. My NFS, LDAP and Kerberos servers are all VMs -- I'm stretching a little hardware a long way at home. Life ...
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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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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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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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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 ...