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I would like to copy a folder from one Unix server to another Unix server. Can anyone tell me if there is a method or command to to achieve this?

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Yes, there is scp or the former rcp or rsync

scp -r source_folder

The command above will copy source_folder to destination_folder in the user's home directory on

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I haven't seen rcp for decades - does anyone still use that? – Piskvor May 30 '11 at 9:01
@Piskvor: I have never used it either, but was just added there for completeness of the answer. – Ozair Kafray May 30 '11 at 9:03

If your folder contains subfolders and more importantly symlinks you want to use rsync:

rsync -aruv localfolder/ user@server:destination/

Or in reverse:

rsync -aruv user@server:destination/ localfolder/

This will do a recursive backup / copy from localfolder to your server while keeping ownership and permissions intact. The solutions suggested so far are valid however scp doesn't handle symlinks by default and will instead create a new copy of the linked file.

For detailed usage see man(1) rsync or here

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Thnks guys, it worked, appreciate your help – user765851 May 30 '11 at 9:27

You can use SCP:

scp -rp foldertocopy/ user@server:destination/



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