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Pack up some files into a tarball on a remote server without writing to the local filesystem

Terminal - Pack up some files into a tarball on a remote server without writing to the local filesystem
tar -czf - * | ssh example.com "cat > files.tar.gz"
2009-03-24 17:02:02
User: migurski
Functions: ssh tar
Pack up some files into a tarball on a remote server without writing to the local filesystem

I recently found myself with a filesystem I couldn't write to and a bunch of files I had to get the hell out of dodge, preferably not one at a time. This command makes it possible to pack a bunch of files into a single archive and write it to a remote server.


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Terminal - Alternatives

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You can remove the "f -", because tar writes to the stdout by default.

tar -cz * | ssh example.com "cat > files.tar.gz"

Comment by isaacs 340 weeks and 5 days ago

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