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Decreasing hard drive sync time with Unison

I'm using Unison to synchronize my music collection to a few different sources, namely a couple computers over SSH and a hard drive. One thing I've noticed is that SSH updates are incredibly fast in ...
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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 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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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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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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how do I exclude a specific folder on the destination when using rsync?

consider the following example: /source /source/folder1 /source/folder2 /source/folder3 /destination /destination/folder2 /destination/folder3 /destination/folder3/mytestfolder1 /...
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du --exclude directories - is this possible?

How to calculate disk usage of a file tree but excluding directories. I'd like to have something like: du --exclude type d I use rsync to mirror/backup part of my home dir and I want to double ...
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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 arg:server1:...
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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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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 ...
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How to configure Unison for real peer-to-peer?

I have a handful of devices, and am considering keeping them in sync with Unison. The devices are not running all the time, they are switched off a few hours per day, not necessarily at the same time....
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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: 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 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 A-...
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Fit timestamps of multiple files/folders to existing ones

I've copied a large directory to another location (through a network). I needed to preserve all the timestamps (especially ctime and mtime). However somewhere in the process I screwed things up. (I ...
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Recursive move (`mv -rn`, like `cp -rn`), a move that will only move not present files

Context I have user uploaded content that needs to be backed up. The content is over 3 separate servers at /var/www/domain/media/ (on each server it is in the same place). The backup is a NFS ...
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How to make ssh account capabele to only sshfs and rsync?

I'd like to make ssh account that is capable of doing two things: mounting (can be one) directory via sshfs performing backup&recovery of his/her desired directories using rsync I would love ...
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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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Configuring anonymous rsync daemon

EDIT: I have since found that by using a folder in the root directory, things get a bit further - I can list the subfiles. So it really looks like permissions on the folder are the issue. I'm not ...
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Rsync over SSH with authorized keys..but run 2 rsync commands

I just figured out how to automate my rsync backups using authorized_keys and the command= parameter so that my rsync script can't be modified by the user. So my authorized key file looks like this: ...
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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 over ssh tunnel - using gateway server

Environment: ---------- ---------- /| ------------ | Work | | Gateway| | | | cluster | |Station |--------------------------------| |...
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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: /music/...
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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 '*/' --include-from=list....
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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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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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rsync --backup-dir creates empty folders in backup dir

I have a folder structure like this: . ├── bkp ├── dst └── src └── folder └── file I run the following command: rsync -t -r -b --backup-dir /tmp/rsyncTest/bkp/ /tmp/rsyncTest/src/ /tmp/...
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rsync mkstemp failed: Invalid argument (22) with USB flash drive

I use "Back In Time" which is nothing more than a front end GUI to rsync version 3.0.9 protocol version 30. I'm running ubuntu 12.04. My backup device is a locally mounted USB flash stick/drive ...
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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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How to setup a rsync server and client?

I have worked on rsync for the whole afternoon. I have set a rsync server,but I don't know how to use it. I have two machines:66 and 12. 66 is the server,I want to back 66's data to 12,so I use rsync....
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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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Logging only transferred files with rsync

I've created a backup script with rsync and I have it running every 10 minutes. I am copying files from HFS to Fat32. I have it logging using --progress but to make reading the log easier I only want ...
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rsync --verbose always shows directory structure when syncing to NTFS volume

When you run rsync with the -v option, for example rsync -av "/from/this/dir/" "/to/this/dir" ... you will get a list of what was updated/deleted etc. So, the first run will give you a bunch of ...
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Sync with Onedrive

I would like to sync (and backup) my /home directory with OneDrive. I found some great terminal clients, where you can even mount your directory, but nowhere did I found an option to this with some ...
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Speed up / avoid calculation of rsync file lists

I use rsync 3.1.1 to keep in sync two discs, one of which is on the network and mounted as a samba share on /mnt/ROUTER_WD_2TB/. This is the source, with a speed of 30-40MB/s maximum due to network ...
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Rsync contents of tar with remote server

I've got a number of backups as tar archives, and to do checking/testing of them I restore to some test machines using: cat archive.tar.gz | ssh server2 "cd /path/to/dir; tar zxvf -" Most of the ...