Copy a file from a remote server to your local box using on-the-fly compression

rsync -Pz user@remotehost:/path/file.dat .
-P displays a progress meter -z tells rsync to use compression
Sample Output
file.dat
    40401755 100%  378.95kB/s    0:01:44 (xfer#1, to-check=0/1)

sent 43505 bytes  received 18909323 bytes  176305.38 bytes/sec
total size is 40401755  speedup is 2.13

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2009-02-20 20:13:59

What Others Think

You should use SSH for the rsync connection, and SSH on most systems will be configured to have compression enabled by default.
sud0er · 507 weeks and 4 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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