tar czv file1 file2 folder1 | ssh user@server tar zxv -C /destination

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 user@server:`. the "v" in the tar command can be removed for no verbosity.

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By: xsawyerx
2009-01-29 10:38:26

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This can be more succinct if you have rsync. Secure remote copy with default compression: rsync -rptlvz -e ssh path1 path2 user@host:path Secure remote copy with configurable compression FTW: rsync -rptlv --compress-level 9 -e ssh path1 path2 user@host:path
laburu · 484 weeks and 6 days 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 user@host:/path/file.name .
DEinspanjer · 482 weeks and 5 days ago
And in case you don't need to untar the file at the other end: tar zcvf - folder | ssh user@server "cat > /backup/folder.tar.gz"
rugina · 362 weeks and 2 days ago

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