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scping files with streamlines compression (tar gzip)

Terminal - scping files with streamlines compression (tar gzip)
tar czv file1 file2 folder1 | ssh [email protected] tar zxv -C /destination
2009-01-29 10:38:26
User: xsawyerx
Functions: ssh tar
scping files with streamlines compression (tar gzip)

it compresses the files and folders to stdout, secure copies it to the server's stdin and runs tar there to extract the input and output to whatever destination using -C. if you emit "-C /destination", it will extract it to the home folder of the user, much like `scp file [email protected]:`.

the "v" in the tar command can be removed for no verbosity.

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What others think

This can be more succinct if you have rsync.

Secure remote copy with default compression:

rsync -rptlvz -e ssh path1 path2 [email protected]:path

Secure remote copy with configurable compression FTW:

rsync -rptlv --compress-level 9 -e ssh path1 path2 [email protected]:path
Comment by laburu 402 weeks and 1 day ago

@laburu I don't understand your example.. Could you break it down further?

I was needing to copy over a large data file from a remote machine to my local one and I wanted to compress it, so I just used the command:

rsync -Pz [email protected]:/path/file.name .
Comment by DEinspanjer 400 weeks ago

And in case you don't need to untar the file at the other end:

tar zcvf - folder | ssh [email protected] "cat > /backup/folder.tar.gz"

Comment by rugina 279 weeks and 3 days ago

Your point of view

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