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

ssh somemachine "cd some dir; tar zcpf - somedirname" |tar zxpf -

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2009-02-05 09:10:56
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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...
finkployd · 485 weeks and 2 days ago
Nice. However in most cases scp -r should do the same and is a bit easier to type.
tils · 485 weeks and 2 days ago
ha.... true scp -r will work too :)
finkployd · 485 weeks and 2 days ago
For cases where scp -r doesn't work properly, there's rsync, as in: rsync -av user@somemachine:somedir . Of course, rsync tries to use 'rsh' by default. To get it to use ssh, use either RSYNC_RSH=`which ssh` rsync -av user@somemachine:somedir . or rsync --rsh=`which ssh` -av user@somemachine:somedir .
mulad · 483 weeks and 3 days ago

What do you think?

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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