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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 complication on sync

We have 2 Web Server node Primary and secondary, if the primary is down by any reason secondary will act as Prim. Now if we talk about the codes we which is on both the host. we should be ...
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“rsync: failed to set permissions on …” error with rsync -a or -p option

When I use the -a option as is asked and answered in Preserve the permissions with rsync, I got a lot of "rsync: failed to set permissions on" errors. rsync: failed to set permissions on "/ata/text/...
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view stdout for another pts [duplicate]

Here is the situation. I left my pc at home doing an rsync from a 2TB hard drive to another 2TB hard drive (it's going to take a while since they are both USB 2.0). I am now at work and I have ssh-ed ...
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scp without replacing existing files in the destination

How do I copy an entire directory into a directory of the same name without replacing the content in the destination directory? (instead, I would like to add to the contents of the destination folder)
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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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Delete extraneous files from dest dir via rsync?

Say I have SRC 001.jpg 002.jpg 001.txt a.zip DEST hello.jpg rsync -d --delete SRC:{*.jpg,*.txt} DEST It doesn't remove hello.jpg from DEST, any idea how to archive this?
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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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rsync compare directories?

Is it possible to compare two directories with rsync and only print the differences? There's a dry-run option, but when I increase verbosity to a certain level, every file compared is shown. ls -alR ...
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Does rsync verify files copied between two local drives?

I want to make a fresh new copy of a large number of files from one local drive to another. I've read that rsync does a checksum comparison of files when sending them to a remote machine over a ...
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How to rsync files between two remotes?

I would like to transfer files between two remote hosts using on local shell, but it seems rsync doesn't support synchronisation if two remotes are specified as follow: $ rsync -vuar host1:/var/www ...
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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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How to use rsync with a remote remote host

I am a happy user of rsync -e ssh and use it to synchronize data between my machine and a remote host using rsync -avz -e ssh me@hostA:~/folder ~/folder And this did what I needed until now. I am ...
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rsync over ssh tunnel

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mv with rsync functionality

I'm trying to merge two directory trees that have many common elements but also each have elements that are only present in one of the two trees. The main issue I am having is that when mv encounters ...
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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 to backup all my data?

I need to backup all my data from a server (in 10 minutes), preferably keeping the symlinks. Any suggestions?
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Parallelise rsync using GNU Parallel

I have been using a rsync script to synchronize data at one host with the data at another host. The data has numerous small-sized files that contribute to almost 1.2TB. In order to sync those files, ...
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Can rsync resume after being interrupted?

I used rsync to copy a large number of files, but my OS (Ubuntu) restarted unexpectedly. After reboot, I ran rsync again, but from the output on the terminal, I found that rsync still copied those ...
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rsync all files of remote machine over SSH without root user?

I have this command to backup a remote machine. The problem is that I need root rights to read and copy all files. I have no root user enabled for security reasons and use sudo the Ubuntu way. Would I ...
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Asking rsync to delete files on the receiving side that don't exist on the sending side, with exceptions on the receiving side

I have read these threads: rsync --delete --files-from=list / dest/ does not delete unwanted files Delete extraneous files from dest dir via rsync? But, as far as I can tell (maybe I am missing ...
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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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tar + rsync + untar. Any speed benefit over just rsync?

I often find myself sending folders with 10K - 100K of files to a remote machine (within the same network on-campus). I was just wondering if there are reasons to believe that, tar + rsync + ...
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Making a progressbar with “dialog” from rsync output

I'm looking for a way to filter/redirect rsync output in a manner where it can be fed to the "dialog --gauge" command, so I can get a nice looking progressbar during file sync. Currently I have only ...
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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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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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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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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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rsync: colon in file names

Other than by renaming the files first, how can I rsync files that may have colons in their names?
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Rsync that handles moves sensibly

I've been successfully using rsync to synchronize my home directories between my laptop and my netbook (both using ext4 with Linux). My only problem with it is that every now and then I like to ...
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How do I save changed files?

I have two folders: ORIGINAL/ ORIGINAL_AND_MY_CHANGES/ My friend has a copy of ORIGINAL/. I would like to generate MY_CHANGES.tgz -- it should contain only new/changed files from ...
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Preserve the permissions with rsync

Let's say I have a file a.txt in LINUX with permission of 0664. When I use rsync to copy the file to my Mac with rsync -r -t -v LINUX MAC, the file's permission becomes 0644. How can I keep the ...
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How do you compare two folders and copy the difference to a third folder?

You've got three folders: folder current, which contains your current files folder old, which contains an older version of the same files folder difference, which is just an empty folder How do ...
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preserving extended attributes with cp/rsync

When copying with cp, the extended attributes are not preserved, even with explicit cp -a --preserve=all /source /dest or cp -a --preserve=xattr /source /dest The same is with rsync, i.e. ...
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Copying large tree from one machine to another, maintaining ownership

I am trying to copy a large folder structure between machines. I want to maintain the ownership/rights during the copy as it is not reasonable to 'fix' the privs afterwards. Therefore, I am using the ...
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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 CLI),...
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Sync files from a mac to a flash drive - automatically?

I have a flash drive, let's name it FLASH. I want, when on my mac, when FLASH is plugged (and automatically mounted), execute a specific script and make ~/Documents to be automatically copied to /...
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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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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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Incremental system backup and restore w/ rsync or rdiff-backup issues

I've been reading about using rsync and rdiff-backup to make incremental backups of my entire Linux system. I am planning to practise that by setting up a Linux system, making some changes to it, ...
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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 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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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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rsync is very slow (factor 8 to 10) compared to cp on copying files from nfs-share to local dir

I have a freshly installed Ubuntu-server which is ought to be the new backup-server for our VM-storage. The server has 4 nics, 2 of them 10Gbit (in fact an intel x540-T2 with the newest driver ...
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Why does rsync fail to copy files from /sys in Linux?

I have a bash script which uses rsync to backup files in Archlinux. I noticed that rsync failed to copy a file from /sys, while cp worked just fine: # rsync /sys/class/net/enp3s1/address /tmp ...
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rsync, delete files on receiving side that were deleted on sending side. (But don't delete everything)

I'd like to use rsync to... delete files on the receiving side that were also deleted on the sending side not delete other files that are in the rsynced directory on the receiving side For example,...
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sync files recursively between two folders where files are less than 24 hours old

I want to find all the files under a directory which are within 24 hours then rsync those files with another server. There are some old files that I do not want to transfer, however if those old ...
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Why do I get an “rsync: failed to set times on … : Operation not permitted (1)” error on Ubuntu 10.10 with SME Server 7.4? [duplicate]

I am trying to cron an rsync via ssh between two fileservers that are running SME Server 7.4 and Ubuntu 10.10, respectively. The first rsync worked just fine (for reasons that I do not know), but now, ...
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How to force overwrite non-empty directories using `mv`

I am wanting to move (not just copy) a group of files/directories to a different directory some of which have name clashes with files/directories in the target directory. My main objective is to move ...
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Performing accurate snapshot and incremental backups to a remote server

I have a few Ubuntu (and potentially RHEL) servers I'd like to back up to a central backup server (via rsh/SSH). I'd like to do both snapshot and incremental backups. The goal is that if one of the ...