Copy files and directories from a remote machine to the local machine

ssh user@host "(cd /path/to/remote/top/dir ; tar cvf - ./*)" | tar xvf -
This command will copy files and directories from a remote machine to the local one. Ensure you are in the local directory you want to populate with the remote files before running the command. To copy a directory and it's contents, you could: ssh user@host "(cd /path/to/a/directory ; tar cvf - ./targetdir)" | tar xvf - This is especially useful on *nix'es that don't have 'scp' installed by default.

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By: dopeman
2009-03-31 13:08:45

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rsync -av user@host:/path/to/remote/top/dir /path/to/local/top/dir you can interrupt, resume, exclude: exclude="*/temp/*", --progress to watch, -n to test (dry run) and a ton more options. add "-z" for compression. rsync is ssh by default for a few years, see man pages for older versions
kalak · 481 weeks and 4 days ago
rsync -av user@host:/path/to/remote/top/dir /path/to/local/top/dir you can interrupt, resume, exclude: exclude="*/temp/*", --progress to watch, -n to test (dry run) and a ton more options. add "-z" for compression. rsync is ssh by default for a few years, see man pages for older versions
kalak · 481 weeks and 4 days ago
My experience is that rsync and 'ssh user@host tar | tar -' are about the same in performance if you're just copying an entire path from scratch. I type the 'ssh tar | tar -' version more often though because a simple modification allows archival if you don't want to untar: ssh user@host "cd targdir; tar cf - ./*" > host_targdir.tar
bwoodacre · 481 weeks and 4 days ago

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