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rsync: continue or in random order

I use rsync over tor. It works for a while, then it drops the connection. That in itself is not a big problem and I suppose it is not entirely unexpected when running long sessions over tor that takes ...
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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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Rsync - Corrupted MAC on input

Background I have a script on my NAS which is a Synology DS212J which is running on a special distro where uname -a gives me Linux DS212J 2.6.32.12 #4493 Wed Jul 16 11:37:16 CST 2014 armv5tel GNU/...
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Force new permissions on files after rsync from seedbox

I have a seedbox-account which I use for torrenting. I have set up a cron job that uses rsync to download all files from the seedbox to my 14.04.1 ubuntu server. The download folder is a samba share, ...
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Big rsync — push or pull?

I'm about to start a big rsync between two servers on my LAN. Is it better for me to push the files from one server to the other or pull them (backwards)? There is not anything that would make one ...
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The most *robust* remote file copy?

How would I go about to copy files over a very unstable internet connection? Sometimes, the connection is lost, other times the IP of one machine or the other machine is changed, sometimes both, ...
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Rsync without login over port 873

We backup our production servers to an office server, to have an extra offline backup, just in case. This backup is done using rsync over port 873, and doesn't require a login like when using rsync ...
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rsync to copy files which has changed

I need to copy some files from a particular directory to a different location on a daily basis. I want to copy the changes only, so planning to use rsync. These files follows the following naming ...
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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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transfer a file to remote dir only if doesn't exist without replacing

I'm using CentOS linux. In one line cmd, that returns 0 if success, non-0 if failure, I need: Transfer a file to a remote server. Don't transfer the file if filename exists in remote server (...
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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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rsync specific directories

Below are the directories of my directory structure. I only want to run rsync on the content under the archive directory of any subdirectory and exclude everything else: ./ ap/ ap/aploader/ ap/...
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Getting rsync failures randomly

I am getting the following rsync errors randomly from my capistrano scripts. rsync: stat "/app/test-0.1-SNAPSHOT.jar.SB4uq7" failed: No such file or directory (2) rsync: rename "/app/test-0.1-...
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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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backup process taking prolonged time due to rsync no space left on device error

I am trying to understand why the backup process in one of the servers is taking so long and not copying the data correctly. This is the size of the external HDD partition. df -h /dev/sdb1 ...
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How to perform a dry-run using rsync over ssh?

I got these errors while trying to perform a dry-run with option -n over ssh on a remote server: # rsync --progress --delete -avhHen ssh /etc/yum root@my.ipaddress:/etc rsync: Failed to exec n: No ...
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rsync --delete deleted most files in the destination directory, why?

I got my config files in /etc folder all messed up because I did not take care of shell expansion while doing rsync: rsync --progress --delete -avhHe ssh /etc/logrotate.d/{httpd,mariadb,php-fpm,ppp,...
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Delete files that are not included with `rsync --files-from`

I copy files to another location using rsync with the option --files-from. Sometimes, a file gets deleted and is not included in that list of files any more. I tried to use --delete, but that would ...
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Rsync large dir, bigger than destination, need to stop and start

I have an Ubuntu server with 4TB storage. Most of it is taken up by one dir. I was told the dir was about 1.5TB, so I attached a 2TB drive on USB, and started a rsync -arW inn tmux to copy it over. ...
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Can rsync store wildcard names (perhaps using a variable)?

I'm copying files from one machine to another. Machine A has files in: /usr/a/foo/* /usr/b/foo/* /usr/c/foo/* /usr/d/foo/* Machine B wants these files in: /foo-1.2.3/usr/a/* /foo-1.2.3/usr/b/* /...
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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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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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how to use rsync (using password-less ssh), with sudo just on the local side?

This command works fine for me with password-less ssh: rsync -aqve ssh ${user}@${remote_host}:/etc/bind /tmp/etc/bind Since I would like to rsync directly to my own local /etc/bind with root ...
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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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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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Use Rsync with HTTP

Is it possible to use rsync with an HTML POST request? If so what would the rsync command look like? For example let's say using HTML5 I have this (bear with me going back to linux stuff): <form ...
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Create a deb package from difference between two images

I am maintaining an Ubuntu server image as a development environment with several deployments. If my base image changes - install a package, modify conf files, etc - I am manually patching the new ...
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rsync parallel vs serial transmissions

Using Bash 4 and rsync on RHEL 6, are there any differences between the following methods? If so, which is more efficient, and what are the differences between these 3 methods: 1) rsync -avz /files/*...
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Copy directory, but fail if file already exists at destination

cp -a foo/* bar/ will copy the contents of foo into bar, replacing any files that already exist. I can use the -n flag to make cp not overwrite existing files or -i to make it ask interactively ...
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How use `rsync -R` with multiple subdirs or install -D with multiple files?

Is possible with rsync to copy multiple files from a source directory to a dest directory with multiple subdirectories that don't exist? Or use install -D with multiples files to a directory that ...
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No password prompt when using rsync remotely?

I have a bash script that executes rsync transfers to a remote location, and every time I execute the script I get asked for a password. Is there a way to avoid this? This is the command I use: ...
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How do you give a developer group access to apache, MySQL, php and the webroot?

We have 3 web designers that are currently logging in to our server via root to configure apache and setup websites. I have very basic linux knowledge (I'm a web designer) and have created users and ...
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Specify identity file (id_rsa) with rsync

I need to make periodic backups of a directory on a remote server which is a virtual machine hosted by a research organisation. They mandate that access to VMs is through ssh keys, which is all good, ...
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Repairing CentOS 6.5 permissions after file migration

I'm running CentOS 6.5 in a VirtualBox VM. Recently, I ran out of space for my virtual hard disk. To remedy this, I decided to create a second hard disk for the /usr directory. I mounted that and ...
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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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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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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/ /start/...
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Troubleshooting Anacron

As a newbie, I'm running into a few problems in using Anacron. The code I'm using was adapted from a website in the Linux Gazette and I've already had to make a couple of changes for my code to even ...
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Rsync specific pattern, but exclude other files in same path

There are lots of files in /dapp/parsD/parsapp/object. I only want to rsync the files in this directory that match *.sql, *.pl and *.sh, but I also want to exclude 2 specific patterns in the same ...
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s3cmd: how to use exclude-from with a file list of excluded directories

I cannot seem to get the --exclude-from= option to work with my exclude GLOB file when synchronizing with my s3 bucket. Here is a trivial example to demonstrate: I create the following file tree ...
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rsync from Mac ext hd to VPS works but not VPS to Mac

There are no errors with either rsync -a /Volumes/hd/dir_foo foo@foo.com:~/ or rsync -a foo@foo.com:~/dir_foo /Volumes/hd/dir_foo in the first instance the synced folder on remote system CentOs ...
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Caching write changes on SSD to avoid HDD spin-up? ZFS, but (probably) not L2ARC

I have a home server, which - between other things - stores my documents, mail archives etc.. It uses a ZFS RAIDZ, based on spinning hdds. The server also runs an off-line IMAP service, synchronizing ...
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“hard-linking” parts of a big file in which only a small part has changed

I use rsync to make backups: rsync -a --link-dest=PATHTO/$PREVIOUSBACKUP $SOURCE $CURRENTBACKUP This way I save space due to using hard links. The problem appears when I need to backup a huge file ...
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Not able to copy multiple files using rsync 3.0.9 version?

I am trying to copy two files using rsync from a machineB but somehow it always copies only one file but not the second file - Here is the syntax I am using - rsync -avz david@machineB:'/data/...
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How to use rsync or scp to efficiently copy the files from machineB and machineC to machineA?

I am running my shell script on machineA which copies the files from machineB and machineC to machineA. If the file is not there in machineB, then it should be there in machineC for sure. So I will ...
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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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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 and SMB share

If I'm performing an rsync copy operation on a file that is on an SMB (Samba) share, is the file actually being pulled down from the network onto my client, pieces at a time, and then copied back onto ...
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How can I speed up operations on sparse files with tar, gzip, rsync?

I have a sparse file. (du -h reports 3G and du -h --apparent-size reports 100G.) So far, so good. Now, when I want to compress the file using tar or send it over the network using rsync, it will ...
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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/ ...