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We have a cloud server with a large file directory which needs to be synchronized with a local system.

Which would be quicker and more reliable for such a task, SSH or FTP. FTP seems to drop the connection and even truncate files at its own will!

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I have no information about speed, but ssh/sftp is likely to be more reliable than FTP, and certainly more secure.

However, in this case I would recommend rsync. It uses delta compression for fast transfers, and is designed expressly for synchronizing files.

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+1 - rsync is the way to go for something like this. – afrazier May 7 '11 at 0:54

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