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Is using rsync while source is being updated safe?

Is it safe to use rsync when the source filesystem is mounted and writeable, assuming that it may very well be modified while rsync is running? I presume that under race conditions I may not get the ...
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How can I add an array of arguments inside my rsync call inside a script?

I want to copy a folder to another location, while excluding some specific files Here is my current script: #!/bin/bash if [ -n "$2" ] then source=$(readlink -f $1) destination=$(readlink ...
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Rsync — Itemized List of Changes

I've learned that with the -i option, I can get rsync to list all the changes it makes. I've been using it along with the -n or --dry-run options so that I can always learn about all expected changes ...
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Finding out whether rsync modified target?

My program copies/synchronizes several directories from source to target, each using rsync. For each directory, if the version in target is not identical to source, and thus rsync modifies the target, ...
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Reverse rysnc with multiple sources

I'm working on some backup script right now. To speed the process up I used rsync with all folders to be backed up. (Something like this: rysnc -a --delete --progress $folder1 $folder2 $folder3 ...
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Rsync from multiple folders to one

Is it safe to have multiple folders Rsync simultaneously into one? Each of the source folders contains a subset of the destination folder, and everybody just syncs into a master destination folder. I ...
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Combining rsync --files-from with --delete [duplicate]

I'm doing rsync --files-from=find-output.txt ~/backup/ (simplified). I'm trying to add --delete, to make rsync delete files in backup that are not included in the file list, but it does not delete ...
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Rsync except .svn folders and their sub-contents?

Dealing with a subversion repo and a new user that didn't quite understand how it worked. Long story short, since their local structure was messed up due to copying random .svn folders about, I did ...
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Delete files that exist in the source with rsync

I have a folder on server "A" called ./delete. I want to delete everything in the folder ./stuff on server "B" that exists in the ./delete folder on server "A". Its like the reverse of rsync. ...
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`cp -al` snapshot whose hard links get directed to a new file when edited

I am trying to take snapshots of a massive folder regularly. I have read here: http://www.mikerubel.org/computers/rsync_snapshots/#Incremental that cp -al takes a snapshot of a folder by simply ...
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Remote PC accessible by ssh, scp/rsync not working (anymore) [closed]

I've got a remote machine running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I've used it lots of times to log in to via ssh and to copy files to via scp and rsync. Today I was able to log in via ssh, but I'm not able to ...
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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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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 and take name/path changes into account [duplicate]

I maintain a large folder, and this folder is regularly rsync'ed to another folder far away. Sometimes I change a name on my local folder, and then the next time I rsync to the remote folder the ...
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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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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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Why rsync attempts to copy file that is already up-to-date?

I have two same files, on local machine and on remote one. Their sizes are equal, and file on local machine is newer than on remote one - but rsync still attempts to copy the file. I invoke rsync as ...
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rsnapshot LVM without root

I'd like to cron a local backup to a locally mounted USB drive. I'm using rsnapshot and want it to back up an LVM snapshot onto the USB drive. But, unless I run the cron as root it complains that I ...
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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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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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Is there ever a reason to use scp instead of rsync?

Is there a reason to use scp instead of rsync? I can see no reason for using scp ever again, rsync does everything that scp does, with more safety (can preserve symlinks etc).
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How do I only copy files to a destination that exist in the folder from the source, everything else should not be copied

How can I copy files from source to destination, where in all the files existing in destination (with directory structure), only should be copied from the source, overwritten in the destination. Rest ...
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Occasional rsync error code 12 “Connection reset by peer (104)” from cron task that runs every 20 minutes

I have a script run by cron that rsync's various folders to a server in a different city to publish files to websites. In case it matters, the source server is within the corporate firewall and the ...
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How to merge multiple WebDAV accounts for backup?

I use davfs, aufs, rsync: sudo mount -t davfs -o uid=wd,gid=wd,dir_mode=777,rw https://wd1.wd.wd/ /mnt/webdav1 sudo mount -t davfs -o uid=wd,gid=wd,dir_mode=777,rw https://wd1.wd.wd/ /mnt/webdav2 ...
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why isn't rsync copying files to the server

I'm following along with a Railscast that teaches how to set up Chef solo. It uses two interesting terminal commands that I had never seen before, only one of which I can get to work. When I do scp ...
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rsync “Permission denied” despite ownership

I just rsync'd a bunch of files, from a Windows box running cygwin sshd, to a CentOS 6.4 box. I ran rsync -e sshd... on CentOS to do this. Then I plugged in a USB drive on the CentOS box, formatted ...
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rsync exclude directory not working

I am running Fedora 17 64-bit and the rsync --exclude=/home/ben/<dir> is not working as expected. I am trying to rsync my home directory to a thumb drive, but I want to exclude certainly ...
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mlbackup / rsync / hard links data size

I am new to mlbackup/rsync and the concept of hard links, so I am a little confused after creating a backup data set via mlbackup. So here's the scenario: I am backing up "folder A" to "folder B". ...
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Rsync is skipping encrypted (but mounted) home directory

I have two user-home-directories in /home/, /home/user1 and /home/user2, whereas user1 is encrypted (using ecryptfs) and user2 is not. If I use rsync like this (invoked as user1 which is a sudo user) ...
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Is there a way to prevent emerge --sync from deleting files from the portage tree?

Although PORTAGE_RSYNC_OPTS, a make.conf option, allows one to change the rsync options but removing --delete from it causes emerge to fail. I think with it remarking about missing md5-cache entries ...
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rsync failing to choose the correct target directory

I'm trying to write a short shell script which also handles copying a file called webcam.jpg into a date coded subdirectory. I'm using rsync for this as it automatically creates a directory if it ...
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Rsync adding a “?” at the beginning of directories

I currently have many of these commands running in a .sh file that looks like this: rsync -avz -e ssh --rsh='ssh -p1337' --bwlimit=10000 root@DestinationIP:/home/backup /home/localbackup rsync -avz ...
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rsync remote to local automatic backup

Because all my work is stored on a remote server I would like to auto backup my server monthly and weekly. My server is running Centos 5.5 and while searching the web I'm found a tool named rsync. I ...
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Non-persistent differencing file

I have a large file (5-10 GB) and want to access this file in a special file system with the following conditions/features: There is a single process that reads and write on the file. When the ...
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rsync only subdirectories and content

I have a directory that contains a number of files and subdirectories. See below: baseDir bad1 bad2 subDir1 file1 subDir2 file1 I would like to rsync the contents of baseDir without ...
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Backing up hard links (rsync)?

My question begins with: Do I actually have hard links on my disk at all (except for "." and ".." of course)? I'm not sure how I would find that out? If no, the question is already answered. If yes, ...
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how to tell rsync to preserve time stamp on files when source tree has a mounted point

Related to this question Short description of the problem: When source tree has a mounted point inside it, then time stamps on files inside that mounted point when copied to target tree are not ...
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Why does my rsync not allow block-size>128K?

Running rsync with a large* --block-size like this: rsync -avvz --rsh 'ssh -c arcfour' --block-size 1048576 --inplace --progress example.com:/big.file /big.file I get the following error: Invalid ...
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cp or rsync, is cp really worth it?

I hope this does not count as a question without a real answer, as I can't seem to find a good reason to use cp(1) over rsync(1) in virtually all circumstances. Should one typically favour rsync over ...
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rsync exclude based on file size?

Is it possible to exclude files in rsync over a certain size (e.g. over 250 MB)? And what if I also want to exclude hidden files? How would I exclude all hidden files or directories (those that ...
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Rsync over Rsync via cronjob

I have a local server which Rsync's from some computers on the LAN. It's a part of a backup solution. This Rsync runs via cronjob twice a day. Occationally people add gigantic amounts of data, like a ...
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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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Rsync after copy

Does Rsync after copy only send the differences between the folders, or does it copy the entire folder again since Rsync has never been implemented before on that folder?
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Bash scripting rsync puzzler

Frustrating. The script below work for the first two targets, but not the second. #!bin/bash ... backitup () { Todaysdate=`date "+%Y-%m-%dT%H_%M_%S"` Sourcedir=$1 Destination=$2 Username=$(echo ...
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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 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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Can't share an ssh connection with rsync

In my .ssh/config file I have the following: Host xxx User yyy HostName zzzz ControlMaster auto ControlPath ~/.ssh/%r@%h:%p This works great for multiplexing my ssh connections (i.e. login once, ...
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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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`mv` has failed because of insufficient disk space, what now?

I have tried to move a folder A from partition a to partition b as folder B with mv. Now the target file system was not big enough for all the data (I know I should have checked this first). Anyway, ...
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How can I exclude files by default with rsync?

How can I exclude files by default with rsync? Here is how my normal rsync syntax starts out: rsync --exclude ".ht*" --exclude "error_log" --exclude ".DS*" --exclude "old" ... I've seen a lot of ...