Quoting kevin lyda (kevin+dated+1075720340.909fca at ie.suberic.net):
> yes, rsync is a nice way to add "continue where you left off" on large
> copies via ssh. my only complaint about rsync is i don't use it enough
> to remember the flags. but that's my problem, not rsync's.
It's enough to remember this recipe:
# rsync -avz source destination
- archive (preserve all possible attributes)
(You would omit that "z" when doing intra-host copying.)
Additional flag "-x" means the same is for GNU cp: Don't cross
filesystem boundaries, e.g., don't accidentally copy /proc when you're
copying at the root directory level.
The nice thing is that if you're in the habit of typing "cp -ax", the
same flags apply for rsync.
The syntax generalises further, using SSH-like username and hostname
specifiers to embrace inter-host copying, e.g.,
# rsync -avz olddirectory username at newhost:newdirectory , but that
needn't be committed to memory. (If you're going to do that with any
frequency, you might as well add "RSYNC_RSH=/usr/bin/ssh" to your shell
startup, since otherwise rsync will use rsh for network transport.)
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