I try to sync my local files inside the folder named dist with the root folder of my ftp-account using .gitlab-ci.yml. While the job runs successfully, my ftp root folder remains empty.

I have created a ftp account, which has access to httpdocs only. I want my files to be copied inside httpdocs.

I am using this code to copy the files:

rsync -avh --delete --rsh="sshpass -p $PROD_FTP_PASS ssh -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no "  ./dist/ $PROD_FTP_USER@my.ftpserver.de/

The command logs the following:

sending incremental file list
created directory dev-git@my.ftpserver.de

          4.69K 100%    0.00kB/s    0:00:00  
          4.69K 100%    0.00kB/s    0:00:00 (xfr#1, to-chk=18/20)

          6.41K 100%    6.12MB/s    0:00:00  
          6.41K 100%    6.12MB/s    0:00:00 (xfr#2, to-chk=17/20)

          2.06K 100%    1.97MB/s    0:00:00  
          2.06K 100%    1.97MB/s    0:00:00 (xfr#3, to-chk=16/20)

sent 62.95K bytes  received 423 bytes  126.74K bytes/sec
total size is 61.64K  speedup is 0.97
Job succeeded

I have read, that using dist/ or dist makes a difference. I do not want to copy the folder but it files. Although I want to place these files in the root directory of my ftp account (which is httpdocs/).

What am I doing wrong and where are the files being copied right now, as I cannot see them using my ftp account?

Another error message:

When I try to send data to a random path, I receive the following error:

$ rsync -avh --progress --delete --rsh="sshpass -p $PROD_FTP_PASS ssh -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no " ./dist $PROD_FTP_USER@my.ftpserver.de/httpdocs/yellowstorm
sending incremental file list
rsync: mkdir "/builds/fyd/fyd-presite/dev-git@my.ftpserver.de/httpdocs/yellowstorm" failed: No such file or directory (2)
rsync error: error in file IO (code 11) at main.c(674) [Receiver=3.1.1]
ERROR: Job failed: exit code 1

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The syntax for remote source/destination in rsync is [<user>@]<host>:[path] So minimally this must be example.com: ie the : is important.

Your remote does not have the : so rsync will be copying the files to a local directory called $PROD_FTP_USER@my.ftpserver.de (you can confirm by running an ls in the build plan) instead you should use $PROD_FTP_USER@my.ftpserver.de:/ this will copy into the root of the remote (the servers root not the ftp root since you are using ssh). Or $PROD_FTP_USER@my.ftpserver.de: will copy into the user's home directory.

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