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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linux merge folders: rsync?

I have two copies of a folder src/ dest/ I want to merge them, doing the following: If a file is only in src, I want it to be moved to dest If a file is only in dest, I want it ignored IE left ...
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Limit rsync to available space on destination

I have a directory, /data/snapshots, which I'd like to archive to an external drive mounted at /mnt. The external is 2tb, /data/snapshots is much more. If I: rysnc -av /data/snapshot /mnt Then ...
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Linux: sync/merge two (or more) directories, but keep older file versions?

got alotta help throughout the time just by simply scrolling and crawling through the vast landscape of qualified answers here from you, now's the time to ask my first question and it looks rather ...
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Making mbuffer faster

I'm trying to transfer files as fast as possible across a 10 gig network connection. Up until now, I've been using rsync to move large files across the network, but I'm trying mbuffer now because I've ...
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rsync file permissions on windows

I have an rsync service that syncs files from remote machine to a machine that drops them on a network drive. I need the copied files to take on the native permissions of the destination folder. ...
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Accessing rsync folder after windows re-install

I am using cygwin to backup my Debian VPS to my Windows PC. All is fine, but if I re-install Windows I can't access the backup folder until I change the owner of the folder and all its children. ...
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How to roll back rsync backup, and having trouble targeting a particular partition for backup

I'm using Linux Mint 17.1. I tried to set up a backup with rsync using the following command: sudo rsync -aAXv --exclude={"/dev/*","/proc/*","/media/*"} /* /media/hex/ I just installed an m.2 SSD ...
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How to maintain a remote cloned directory with rsync?

I have SSH access (using a SSH key pair) to a remote machine. I want to keep a directory on the remote machine exactly equal to a given local directory (one way sync). The check for file equality ...
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rsync tree but ignore folders where a .git directory exists?

All I found were questions how to ignore the .git directory when using rsync - my question is a little different: I want to ignore the whole tree from the point where the .git directory exists. ./ ....
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How to properly migrate a constantly changing set of files from one NAS to another?

I am moving 4.4TB of files from one NAS to another, both running Ubuntu. However there is one thing that made me a bit worried whether rsync would work or not: there is a folder whose contents that is ...
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Rsync to a WebDAV filesystem on OS X copies all files regardless of being changed or not

I am trying to sync from my (Mac) desktop to an iPad and an iPhone. MacOS X mounts WebDAV as a native file system, but syncing results in all files in my directory structure being copied again. This ...
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Fastest way to duplicate encrypted hard drives?

I used hard drive duplicator to do the sector-by-sector duplication of hard drives. I think it took about 5 hours. Pros: easy unattended, computer-free operation Cons: hard drive size ...
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Rsync behaviour/differences & newbie

From my understanding, rsync over SMB tries to build a file list each time on source/destination to check any changes have been modified before a copy takes please. I’m trying to understand the ...
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How to safely synchronize two folders without duplicates?

I have an account on mega and I want to synchronize it with a folder on my computer. The problem is, that this account is public to some extent so I can't just use rsync with --delete in case someone ...
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How to rsync root files over non-root ssh?

I have two machines, both providing no root login, but provide sudo root access. Now I like to initate a rsync transfer of root files over ssh. Is there an easy way make the the root access given by ...
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What are the differences between the rsync delete options?

I see on the rsync man page that there are a number of delete options, but don't really understand the differences between them. What are the differences between these options? --del ...
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Cannot delete file on Linux

After backuping with 'rsync --archive --update' my home directory from ext4 to btrfs, rsync reports errors like this: rsync: readdir("/mnt/backup/home/me/.mozilla/firefox/qbdcaxwe.default/sessions/???...
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OS X file copy fills up the system drive

I have a Mac Mini with a 40GB system drive and the time has come to move all the user data to an external drive, as I only have 750MB left. So I plugged in a 1TB firewire drive and used Finder to ...
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Synchronize two folders over sftp?

I have a cloned git repository in a directory and a sftp server, I want the server to be in sync with my repository. I've been trying multiple Atom/Sublime Text plugins with no luck, they only upload ...
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How to avoid rsync -b to backing up backup files

I always do a mutual sync by issuing always "rsync -avuzb src dest" and then "rsync -avuzb dest src". If I use "rsync -avuzb ", already existing files are renamed to ~ on the destination, due to the ...
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How to delete folder and files in the destination that are missing in the source (before copying)?

I sometimes have the problem that rsync tries to transfer a new file from the source to the destination (both have the same space) when there's already not enough space left, which causes this error ...
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How do I efficiently move a large, empty disk image to another system

I'm currently trying to move a fairly empty, fresh qcow2 image from one system to another that's far away. I've basically got a fresh install of ubuntu LTS (real size 6gb, apparent size 200gb). Most ...
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CentOs 6, rsync/scp of big file stop at 40% (2.4G)

I'm trying to download from the remote server to local laptop a big file (~5G), but the download stops at 40% of the size (2.4G). I'm using this rsync command: rsync --bwlimit=1200 -rh --progress -...
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rsync glitches with -X (extended attributes) flag

When I rsync files from ext4 file system to btrfs with the following set of flags: rsync --update -DHAXErlptgo the first copy of the backaped directory is done OK, but when this same command is ...
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How can I get rsync to ignore missing files?

I'm executing a command like the following to several different systems: $ rsync -a -v foo@machine.company.com:'/path/to/first/*.log path/to/second.txt' /dest/folder/0007/. Sometimes *.log does not ...
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Why can't I use a specified port in /etc/ssh/sshd_config for remote transfers?

I have just setup a vps server on Ubuntu 14.04, for security reasons, I changed the allowed port for ssh connections in /etc/ssh/sshd_config. So far I've been able to connect remotely via this new ...
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rsync variables script syntax error

Really struggling with getting a command argument variable to work with rsync. The behavior i'm seeing is this error from the script: rsync: connection unexpectedly closed (0 bytes received so far) [...
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Debian: rsync and cp is corrupting contents of CSV files

I have a weird problem. I wrote a script that scans a directory on a samba share (a OpenSUSE server on the LAN) and uses cp to copy certain CSV files to the local Debian server web root at /var/www. ...
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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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Rsync - resending all files, because files have different timestamp (off by 1 second!)

I am using rsync to backup files from my Mac laptop to a usb drive (exFAT) on my Windows laptop. The usb drive is shared within my home network, and mounted on my Mac. I noticed a weird problem when ...
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Backing up linux server on ntfs harddrive

I'm looking for a way to backup my debian server. For the data partition I have a solution using rsync, the backup goes to an encrypted ntfs-drive. NTFS because I often take the drive with me to watch ...
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How to set permissions and ownership when using rsync?

I'm using capistrano-wpcli (link), a program that uses 'rsync' to synchronize folders between development and testing servers. I've set the uploads folder's permission on the remote server to 777 ...
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Make my NAS send me a notification when it receives a new public IP

In order to keep my most valuable files safe(r) I have a remote NAS setup. Every night I use rsync to send my changed files from my local server to the NAS and this is working somewhat okay. My ...
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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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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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How to use rsync from Windows PC to remote Linux server?

How do I use the rsync command from a local Windows 7 machine to a remote Linux server? What software is needed on the Windows 7 machine to use rsync? The remote Linux server is using Amazon's Linux ...
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How to copy Time Machine volume to another disk using rsync while preserving ACLs?

Recently I had to change my Mac's filesystem from case-preserving to being fully case-sensitive. I did that by using CCC and copying data to another disk, then returning back to newly formatted main ...
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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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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 <local>/...
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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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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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Update a bootable OS X drive clone with rsync?

The question: is it possible to keep a boot-able backup drive clone of OS X updated with rsync? If rsync is not a viable option are there alternatives? The Setup: My situation is as shown above. ...
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Are periodic full backups really necessary on an incremental backup setup?

I intend to use an old computer I have as a remote backup server for myself and a few other people. We are all geographically separated, and the plan is to do incremental daily backups using rsync and ...
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rsync and symbolic links

I want to backup my home directory to an external drive nightly using a cron job to execute rsync. I am unsure of the exact behavior of rsync's symbolic link flags. rsync's -a flag includes the -l ...
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Rsync incredibly slow in Cygwin - am I doing something wrong?

I am trying to back up my C: and D: drives (each 1 TB, C: has around 210 GB of data on it, D: has around 345 GB on it) onto a 3 TB external HDD using Cygwin in Windows 8. I am doing this with rsync....
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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 ...