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I'm trying to setup rsync to backup a remote directory to my local drive.

I cd to the directory that I want to pull the files to, then I enter:

rsync -vrtW

I enter the password then it starts running. I get all the files listed, but none of them actually transfer. What am I missing?


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If that's really your commandline, the rsync manpage has your answer:

Local: rsync [OPTION...] SRC... [DEST]

Access via remote shell:
Pull: rsync [OPTION...] [USER@]HOST:SRC... [DEST]
Push: rsync [OPTION...] SRC... [USER@]HOST:DEST


Usages with just one SRC arg and no DEST arg will list the source files instead of copying.

Note the last line. This is the command you need to use (note the "." at the end).

rsync -vrtW .
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