Syncing files remotely via `rsync`

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02.07.2020

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rsync is a great tool for copying files, especially to/from remote locations, like ssh-servers. I use it almost daily for managing this website and also for backing up some personal files to a server so I have access to them from anywhere. For syncing different computers on the same wifi I recommend Syncthing.

The command

I almost always use

rsync -avzhu --delete src dest

The options in detail

Sometimes I want to exclude a certain directory from being updated/deleted, so I use the --exclude dir option as well.

I use a small wrapper script for deploying to the webserver and for my personal documents I’ve created two wrapper scripts, one for pulling and the other one for pushing.


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