Rsync is an open source command line tool for Unix and Windows systems that provides fast incremental file transfer to copy files and synchronize directories locally or between remote hosts. It is widely used for mirroring and backup.

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rsync multiple files with colons in their names

rsync interprets colons in file names as indicators that preceding is a remote machine name. When you try to rsync a file that has a colon in it's name, rsync typically gets confused, producing errors ...
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USB 3.0 Trouble

I am using a WD Elements Portable 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" disk bought in May 2014 to backup data of my desktop machine. rsync runs smoothly without any error messages. However upon restoring data from the ...
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rsync doesn't copy file with different attributes but same modification time

I am using rsync to take a backup. This is my command line: sudo rsync -avuh --delete --stats --log-file=$LOGFILE --exclude-from $EXCLUDE $SOURCE $DEST This works for the most part. However, today, ...
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rsync is missing files

I'm trying to get rsync working between Win7/cygwin source and CentOS 7 VM destination. My command: rsync --dry-run -r -a -v -i -h -x --ignore-times --checksum --progress --delete --delete-before ...
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Trouble negotiating rsync protocol versions

I am trying to rsync between a Linux box and a MacOS box. The MacOS (yosemite) seems to come with an old version of rsync so I've updated that using homebrew. OK, I seem to have perfectly matching ...
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Use Rsync to create folder based on filename

I am currently using an rsync command to move files into a remote server based on 2 things, the file extension and how old it is: rsync -avx --timeout=30 --ignore-existing --include '*.txt' --exclude ...
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How to edit one file, but have it update in two places?

What I'm trying to do is make my computer automatically update my backup files when I edit my local files. For example. I have a directory of websites I work on. Each site is its own directory. I ...
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How to fix corrupted NTFS

I was trying to backup my linux box (ext4) into an external NTFS HDD using rsync I got some failure errors and then I deleted the backup on External HDD using "rm -r" & "rm -rf" which was not able ...
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How Does rsync access files unavailable to other processes?

I'm using cwRsync 3.1.0 to backup my Windows 7 Users directory. I recently learned that Windows 7 uses NTFS "Junctions" to maintain compatiblility with old apps looking to the prior system locations. ...
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How to configure rsync to backup a windows XP partition while running linux

I have a dual boot configuration with an XP partition and a Linux partition. The linux partition is my primary one and the XP one is just for gaming/running Windows-only software that's pretty much ...
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Container with in-built compression, which automatically adjust its size

I try to find an efficient way of rsyncing contents of an ext4 file system as a part of a regular backup, yet I consider a decent compression and a minimal required space. I can just use plain rsync ...
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Rsync copying current directory with name

I want to copy current directory to my backup directory: I tried this command rsync -a . ~/backup/ but it just copies the current directory contents instead of creating new directory at the ...
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normal user to rsync between two systems as root

How can I change the user permissions so that the user will be able to rsync between two systems as a root. I added the user in visudo. paru ALL = NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/rsync then I typed the ...
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Rsync delete only remove older source files

Ok, I could probably spend a lot of time writing a complex set of bash scripts that would accomplish this, but I'm hoping this functionality already exists somewhere. I have a device in my car which ...
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Merge .AppleDouble forks with original files

I used to place my iTunes’s media folder on a NAS accessed through AFP and, as you may know, the OS also placed several .AppleDouble files on it. Now, my NAS isn’t working as expected and the only ...
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Rsync ask for password even though I can SSH in without a password using a key

This is the command I'm using: sudo rsync -rvz -e 'ssh -p 1111' ******@111.111.111.111:/home/sql/ /media/disk1/bd92a143-c4d7-4b70-bb6a-6576678fa96b/user/Backups/sql/4-6-2015 Any advice?
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How to rsync a folder and subfolders using filenames only?

I would like to synchronize files from the folder /media/alex/Disk1/Movies to the folder named /media/alex/Disk2/Movies. I want to copy each file from /media/alex/Disk1/Movies or a subdirectory to the ...
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Rsync takes very long time to return after completing file transfer

I’m using rsync to transfer all the files from a folder to a remote machine. I usually have between 1 and 3 files, all around 1 Mb. I am using the following rsync command: rsync -ac -Ph ...
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rsyncd daemon - how to minimize logged information?

I backup my synology NAS to a linux Debian server that runs rsyncd daemon. A typical backup session will write hundreds of thousands useless messages (sample below) to the daemon log file. Q: How can ...
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How to estimate the time needed for transferring files between internal and external drives?

My laptop usb port is usb 2.0. my external hard drive is usb 3.0. Wikipedia says Due to bus access constraints, the effective throughput of the High Speed signaling rate is limited to 35 MB/s or ...
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How can I quickly compare two directories skipping hard linked files that exist in both directories in linux

I have two directories that I would like to compare. The first directory contains an rsync backup of many thousands of folders and files. The second directory contains hard links to all of the files ...
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How to disable rate limit on SSH connections in UFW?

I've got a dev server to which I constantly sync my code using rsync. To secure the dev server a bit more I now activated UFW, which seems to work fine. The problem is that it works a bit too well, ...
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Why is there no difference in file transfer speeds using 802.11ac adapter?

My 2012 MacBook Pro is connected to my Netgear R7000 802.11ac router via 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection. I can transfer a large file from my Wi-Fi connected to my iMac using rsync at about 90MB/s. Then I ...
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cannot rsync via ssh from crontab

I'm having issues transferring files with rsync via ssh. If I just run rsync -avz devel@10.10.10.83:/home/devel/ $/home/user/rsync/servidor it works as expected since the public key is stored in ...
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How can I make hourly backups from my Synology NAS to my LaCie NAS?

I have a Synology DiskStation DS215j and a LaCie Network Space 2. The LaCie has firmware >2.2.3, which allows it to function as an rsync server. Of course, normal network shares are also available. ...
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Use shell provided by non-root user

What is a good way for a non-root user to use an executable that is not in the system's list of shells as if it were the user's actual shell? I'm trying to do this with two different versions of ...
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Delete old backups alike Apple Time Machine does

Time Machine saves hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month until the volume runs out of space. At that point, Time ...
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rsync ignoring partition directory

I use rsync to clone my internal hdd to an external disk. My system is Arch Linux. I have two partitions: / /data I am using the following rsync command: rsync -avzxt --progress --delete ...
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restoring files after doing rsync with compression

I understand that you can rsync with arg -z and -a for compress and archive. Can someone tell me with these options, does it affect the files being backed up in any way if ever they need to be ...
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“No space left on device” when writing to NTFS on Ubuntu

I'm on Ubuntu 12.04 and want to backup data to my external hard drive which is NTFS. When running cp -rp or rsync, I get no space left errors like this: `rsync: mkstemp "/media/Expansion ...
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cwRsync permissions on external drive

I'm having problem using cwrsync to backup my data to an external drive as no data can't be opened on other computers because of permissions cwrsync sets. This is my backup batch script: @ECHO OFF ...
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How to rsync the / folder properly?

I have a btrfs snapshot of / and I want to rsync it with my current / folder. As form of "rollback" if you want. My question is what folder should I avoid for instance I should use -x option to ...
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rsync - exlude specific files from directories that are included

I have this script: #!bin/bash AMB="specific_dir*/***" SRC="/path/to/dir/" DST_1="user@host1:~/path/to/dest/" DST_2="virkantas@host2:~/path/to/dest/" DST_3="nodbaltic@host3:~/path/to/dest/" for DEST ...
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offline incremental backup via thumbdrive? [closed]

I need to mirror one computer's 3 TB directory tree on another computer. The computers share no network [edit: they cannot communicate at all, "air barrier"], but I can transport a 32 GB thumbdrive ...
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Rsync Only Different Files with a Checksum?

Does anyone know if it's possible to run rsync to transfer all changed/new files in a directory (and its sub-directories) from my local OSX 10.9 machine up to a network share? The wrench in the plan ...
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ssh indirectly to root

Is there a way to ssh to root on another machine even if PermitRootLogin is set to no, but ssh to a user is allowed and this user can just sudo -i to become root. For simple commands, I think there ...
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ssh config with sudo

I'm backing up my local machine to a remote server. Because I want to backup the whole local machine, even files that my local user doesn't normally have access to, I'm doing it using sudo, so the ...
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WordPress uploads rsync file ownership issues

I'm running a LEMP stack. Nginx is running as www-data user. It's running a WordPress installation. Every time I upload something the uploaded files belong to www-data as expected. I'm trying to ...
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how does data integrity affect offline backups with rsync?

I am trying to understand the implications of bitrot and data corruption on my data on disks. Currently for my family photos (JPEG and MOVs), aside from storing them on my main pc, I have them on a ...
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Reading SMART results for failing disk

I recently started having trouble with my Dell laptop and would appreciate any recommendations on the next steps for my issue. I have portions of the dmesg log below to show the errors I'm getting. ...
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Issue with rsync/cwrsync on windows

I'm having this batch script which i'm trying to make to backup stuff to my external drive. For some reason, it works just fine when I run it as administrator but not when i run it as a regular user. ...
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can we use unix hardlinks on a mounted windows share?

ln command can create hard links on the mounted windows share, but cp -al fails. Is this expected behaviour? I'm trying to save disk space by creating copy on write style backups using cowdancer, ...
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Copying files without losing metadata in Linux

How on Linux can I copy things like music files with “Artist” and “Title” tags without losing the tags? Will rsync work? Will cp? Does either one need any specific switch?
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What is the correct way to move a Ubuntu server from one machine to another?

Attempted this three times now and not bee successful, so was hoping someone here could point me in the right direction? I am trying to move my Ubuntu 14.04 Server from one physical machine, to ...
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Behavior of rsync with file that's still being written?

If Apache is in the middle of writing a large file and an rsync cron job runs on that file, does rsync attempt to copy the file? Example Apache-1: Has file large being written to /var/www. ...
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Copy multiple sources to multiple destinations simultaneously

Suppose I need to copy files ~/path/to/file to user@remote:/path/to/file ~/path/to/another/file to user@remote:/path/to/another/file ~/path/alternative to user@remote:/path/alternative Is there is ...
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Resume SCP download when using .pem file with rsync

I have a large file to down form a ssh server, however the connection keeps cutting out. I know that rsync can be used to resume the download however I can not find how to do this when I am using a ...
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Google Compute Engine - SSH or RSYNC without a Password

I have several Google Compute Engine (GCE) instances up and running. I have a few scripts that pull information (log files, etc) from these instances, and a few others that push up files. I would like ...
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Copy ubuntu from one PC to another

I have a very weird scenerio here, I have installed some softwares on my Ubuntu machine, Now I want to move everything (including windows)to another Machine B, notice Machine has no access to Internet ...
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rsync from Solaris to Windows (character encoding on filenames)

I'm trying to use RSYNC to sync files from a Solaris 9 (SunOS 5.9) System to a Windows Server 2008 R2 (via cygwin) There are many Files containing characters like "ä", "ö", "ü" or "ß". Which are only ...