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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 ...
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Adjusting rsync TCP timeout

I'm using rsync in my own C++ program by issueing the command system("rsync -rauzvq root@host:/folder"); I use this for keeping multiple systems in sync. Now I have the problem that when a remote ...
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Sync local files to remote git repository

I have my git repository on a linux located on the company server. I ssh into my linux machine and edit files there. Problem This method is great until I have a good connection to the server. in ...
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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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How can I check if rsync made any changes in bash?

I have a script which uses rsync to sync data in a remote -> local scenario. Immediately after the rsync command is run, a check to see if the error code equals zero or not. If its zero, further ...
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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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Exclude directories with 'rsync' and ssh with pull request

I am trying to pull from a remote server and exclude a directory on the remote server. For some reason it keeps pulling that directory I have excluded. Here is the command I am running: rsync -azP ...
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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 filteri by asterisk or similar expression by rsync in zsh

I have a lot of files named like: /var/log/foo/2014-07-06-01.log ... /var/log/foo/2014-07-20-04.log Everyday I have several log files and I want to download specified day's log files: $ rsync ...
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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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Replace all files except one with rsync

I'm currently using rsync as follows rsync -az --delete ... What option can I use with rsync to replace all destination files that already exist except for one specific file that should not be ...
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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 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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`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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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 move (not copy) files from one server to another?

I want to move files from server1 to server2. A producer on server1 will keep generating the files, and a consumer on server2 will keep processing them. I can copy files using the following shell ...
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rsync redoing files?

I found rsync redoing files that have no modification. One file is >1gb so it takes a bit to do. My command is below. I'm running the command via ssh. The filesystem in question is a NTFS usb HDD to a ...
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How to force rsync to overwrite read-only archive files?

I'm using rsync to copy some source code. The copied code must not be modified at the destination place by my mistake while code editing. So I set --chmod=u-w flag to make it read-only after copying. ...
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Want to rsync some files after they've been sedded

I would like to rsync some HTML files to a webserver that are in production form. To get them in production form I have to trivially insert a ".production" string in a script tag. I can do this with ...
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How to rsync only a specific list of files to the same location on another server

I have a list of files: /location/file.txt Content of file: /location1/file2.abc /location2/location3/file1.abc /location4/location5/fileX.cde I'd like to copy files to another sever like this: ...
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Make links work in backup?

One file system of mine has many symlinks which link to directories in the file system. Is it possible to create a backup of the file system where the backups of the links work (i.e. still point to ...
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Unable to well understand Rsync with include and exclude patterns

First of all, I really read a lot about this topic (including Rsync filter: copying one pattern only), but I still don't understand, or I have a problem with my installation... My structure "from" is ...
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Should I increase inode count for a rsync backup volume?

Considering rsync used for incremental OS backup creates hardlink farms for all non-differing files, if I use it to backup a large, slowly-changing system regularly to a dedicated volume, I'm worried ...
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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 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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Which config files in /etc folder must be unique for each computer?

I am doing a restoration test of backup files on a computer. Without putting much thought into it, I did an rsync to replace all files in /etc folder with the ones in the backup. Then, I realize I ...
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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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skipping copying contents of sub directories using rsync

rsync -avzm -e ssh /path/to/src/folder/ /path/to/dest/folder --include=*/ --include=*/config.xml --exclude=* I need to copy files(say config.xml) that are in the 2nd level directories using rsync. ...
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Rsync auto detect directories with small files and compress them together for transfer

I need to transfer some files via rsync and can´t tar them before. So I thought maybe there is a mode which checks the folders content and if it is thousand of small files inside compress that folder ...
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Analyse the performance of an rsync command from FreeNAS to a USB drive

I infrequently run a task where I rsync my photos (~30 directories with 10-100 files in each) from my FreeNAS machine to an external USB hard drive (500GB WD) as a redundant backup. I execute the ...
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How to properly setup web server directory permissions

I'm lost with this, hopefully I can find some help here: I have Ubuntu 12.04 LTS webserver. For example I have user "myuser". There is a public directory which is my web root. I chowned it and all ...
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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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Backup a Windows PC to a Linux Machine

What is a good backup strategy to backup a Windows 7 box to a Ubuntu box that are on the same network? The solution I am thinking would be to mount a Windows folder to Ubutnu then use rsync. But I'm ...
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Grant permissions using rysnc

I want to use rsync (as a user) from "me" on a local computer to "another" user on a distant computer. However, I also want "another" user (on the distant computer) to own the files and to be able to ...
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problem with rsync. forgot the ending dot and can't find beackupfiles now

I am new with linux and tried to backu my files doing this: rsync -arvu /home /etc /opt /var I was in the desired directory (on an external hard-disk drive) and logged in as su. but no files where ...
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rsync via ssh from linux to windows sbs 2003 protocol mismatch

I am trying to backup my linux webserver to our local windows sbs 2003 server in the office. I have set up ssh and cwrsync on the windows server and have confirmed that the linux server can reach the ...
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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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Using inotifywait along with vim

I have simple script that monitors file for changes and rsyncs it with remote copy: #!/bin/bash while inotifywait -e close_write somefile do rsync somefile user@host.domain:./somefile done It ...
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Using rsync for incremental backup, what happens when original full backup is due for deletion?

I have started an incremental back up, on an external hard drive, of my Fedora 20 data etc using the scheme from here, which produces a full back up on day 1 followed by incremental backups using hard ...
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Repetition of password while rsync-ing files?

I'm using a script to download files in two steps: First, I'm downloading a file containing a list of files from a server to my host machine using rsync. Then, I'm using rsync to download the ...
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How to interpret rsync console output?

I use the following rsync command to backup my files: rsync -avHc Pictures /backup/ Isn't -v supposed to only display files and directories that were transferred? If I change a file and run the ...
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rsync with colons in filenames

I have a fairly large directory that I need to sync to an external hard drive for both backup and portability reasons. /work I try to run the following rsync command in order to copy this folder to ...