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I want to run rsync on server A to copy all files from Server B when they are newer than 7 days.(find . -mtime -7)

I don't want to delete the files on Server B.

Thanks for you help.

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b) how often do you run rsync? – phresnel Jun 14 '11 at 13:53
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This should get you underway in a solid way

rsync -RDa0P \
    --files-from=<(find sourcedir/./ -mtime -7 -print0) \
    . user@B:targetdir/

This copies device nodes, permissions, timestamps. I'm pretty sure the -H option won't be accurate with --files-from

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To set that as a remote filter: rsync -avn --files-from=<(ssh user@A 'find /path/on/A/ -mtime -7 -type f -exec basename {} \;') user@A:/path/on/A/ user@B:targetdir – cybertoast Aug 22 '14 at 16:04

I wrote this script based on cybertoast's comment to sync from a remote server to local.

You can call the script with ./ 3 or ./ 3 dry for a dry run.


if [[ -z $TIME ]]; then
  echo "Error: no time argument."
  echo "Please enter the number of days to sync."
  exit 1

if [[ $DRYRUN = "dry" ]]; then
  echo "Dry run initiated..."

rsync -avz $DRYRUNCMD --files-from=<(ssh \
    user@remote "find path/to/data/ \
    -mtime -$TIME ! -name *.mkv -type f \
    -exec ls $(basename {}) \;") \
  user@remote:. .
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