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I came across following instruction to copy a directory to my local machine.

copy the gems from styx server from "‪location/to/the/directory" to your local directory

I know rsync and scp can do the job, but to do that a username on the remote machine is required. How can I work around without a username or can I?

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You need a user I think – Ashtray Sep 3 '13 at 12:05
FTP sometimes allows anonymous access. We need more information about the server you're connecting to. – spinup Oct 22 '13 at 5:10

The full tutorial is here

Copy file from a remote server to a local computer

rsync -v -e ssh /tmp

you can use ssh authentication, you won't need password, but always a user, you can create another user for security reasons

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