Long time reader, first time poster.

I'm trying to rsync the latest few log files from a remote server to my laptop. I've gotten close with this:

ssh -qx root@example.org "cd /path/to/logs && find . -mtime -1 -print0" | rsync --from0 --files-from=- -avHS "root@example.org:/path/to/logs/" .

But that syncs all the files from the past day, which is too many. Ideally I'd like to just download the last half dozen or so files. I know this will list the latest 6 files:

ls -t|head -6

But I'm not sure how to use these two bits of info together (if it's even possible) to solve my problem. Thanks in advance!

  • did you try ssh -qx root@example.org " ls -t /path/to/logs | head -6 " | rsync.... ? – Putnik Mar 17 '18 at 7:35
  • Amazing, thank you! I played with it and this worked: ssh -qx root@example.org "ls -t /path/to/logs | head -6" | rsync --files-from=- -avHS root@example.org:/path/to/logs/ . – john Mar 17 '18 at 16:12
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    I've converted my comment to answer, please accept if it works for you. – Putnik Mar 18 '18 at 7:22


ssh -qx root@example.org " ls -t /path/to/logs | head -6 " | rsync ....
  • Thanks! The exact syntax that worked for me was: ssh -qx root@example.org "ls -t /path/to/logs | head -6" | rsync --files-from=- -avHS root@example.org:/path/to/logs/ . – john Mar 19 '18 at 18:31

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