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get a directory from one machine to another using tar and ssh

Terminal - get a directory from one machine to another using tar and ssh
ssh somemachine "cd some dir; tar zcpf - somedirname" |tar zxpf -
2009-02-05 09:10:56
Functions: ssh
get a directory from one machine to another using tar and ssh


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I like this use of tar and use it a lot on local machines to copy entire directory trees to some other place...

e.g.: tar cpf - . | (cd /somewhere/else; tar xvf -)

I suppose this can work the other way with:

tar cpf - . | ssh somehost 'cd /some/directory && tar xvpf -'

perhaps use tar xvBf - to ensure a good copy. B performs re-blocking.

Its worth mentioning that if you have links in the directory tree you are copying then check them after the copy. Soft links may break if pointing outside the directory tree being copied. Hard links will copy the 'pointed at' files... good, but bad if huge.

great command...

Comment by finkployd 476 weeks and 1 day ago

Nice. However in most cases scp -r should do the same and is a bit easier to type.

Comment by tils 476 weeks and 1 day ago

ha.... true scp -r will work too :)

Comment by finkployd 476 weeks ago

For cases where scp -r doesn't work properly, there's rsync, as in:

rsync -av [email protected]:somedir .

Of course, rsync tries to use 'rsh' by default. To get it to use ssh, use either

RSYNC_RSH=`which ssh` rsync -av [email protected]:somedir .


rsync --rsh=`which ssh` -av [email protected]:somedir .
Comment by mulad 474 weeks and 1 day ago

Your point of view

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