I'm trying to develop a file updater for my remote server. So each time I modify some code files on my workstation, I would run rsync and it would modify the code files on the remote server.

So imagine if I modify the file /home/myuser/workspaces/project/folder/file.txt I would want to sync it to user@remote.server:/work/folder/file.txt. As you can see, the server maintains the folder structure, although it skips the irrelevant part /home/myuser/workspaces/project/

If I execute the rsync from /home/myuser/workspaces/project/ it's easy to solve, since I just have to add the -R option:

$ cd /home/myuser/workspaces/project/
$ rsync -aR folder/file.txt user@remote.server:/work

This would do the trick. The problem is that I don't know where the command will be executed from, so I have to add the whole path /home/.../file.txt, and using the shown command would save everything into: user@remote.server:/work/home/myuser/workspaces/project/folder/file.txt.

Is there any solution to what I want to implement?

By the way, at the moment of the rsync, it could be possible that /work/, at the remote host, is an empty folder.


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Just for the future, I found the quickest solution which involves the -R parameter and adding a /./ before the folder you want to start creating from.

For example:

 $ rsync -aR /home/myuser/workspaces/project/./folder/file.txt user@remote.server:/work

will create the folder /work/folder/file.txt in the remote server.

Just leaving this answer for future use and for other people to see, since it was really hard to find it on other websites.

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