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May 19, 2015 - A Look At The New Commandlinefu
I've put together a short writeup on what kind of newness you can expect from the next iteration of clfu. Check it out here.
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I'm Jon, I'll be maintaining and improving clfu. Thanks to David for building such a great resource!

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Synchronise a file from a remote server

Terminal - Synchronise a file from a remote server
rsync -av -e ssh [email protected]:/path/to/file.txt .
2009-01-26 13:39:24
User: root
Functions: rsync
Synchronise a file from a remote server

You will be prompted for a password unless you have your public keys set-up.


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Terminal - Alternatives

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FWIW, archive mode attempts to preserve owner and group, which can fail when not running as super-user, and - inexplicably - respects devices (how thoughtful) but not symlinks; most of the time, this is not what I want.

To preserve symlinks but not ownership, I pull using

rsync -rptlv -e ssh [email protected]:remote-path local-path

(new files belong to the local user) and push using

rsync -rptlv -e ssh local-path [email protected]:remote-path

(new files belong to the remote user).

Comment by laburu 402 weeks and 6 days ago

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