Create a local compressed tarball from remote host directory

ssh user@host "tar -cf - /path/to/dir" | gzip > dir.tar.gz
The command uses ssh(1) to get to a remote host, uses tar(1) to archive a remote directory, prints the result to STDOUT, which is piped to gzip(1) to compress to a local file. In other words, we are archiving and compressing a remote directory to our local box.

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By: atoponce
2011-12-14 15:54:57

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zlemini · 572 weeks and 4 days ago
I needed to add some redirection after the pipe: | gzip > dir.tar.gz
zlemini · 572 weeks and 4 days ago
@zlemini Ah, yes. Simple typo, and fixed. Thanks!
atoponce · 572 weeks and 4 days ago
Better to do the compression on the remote side; use 'tar czf' over there and just write it straight to a file here.
Mozai · 572 weeks and 3 days ago
@Mozai I wouldn't necessarily say that doing compression remotely is "better", but it's certainly an alternate way of doing the command. If you're concerned about data bandwidth on the wire, OpenSSH (and many other SSH implementations) support compression to varying degrees. Lastly, not all tar(1) implementations support compression builtin. Best to keep the command 100% portable, as much as possible, than relying on platform-specific enhancements.
atoponce · 572 weeks and 3 days ago
There may be times where you have plenty of bandwidth but very short of remote processor so this could be useful in that case. I'd say it's usually better to do the compression on the remote side, though. You certainly wouldn't want to use ssh compression, because then you'd be compressing, decompressing, and compressing again. If your tar doesn't have the z option, you would use this: ssh user@host "tar -cf - /path/to/dir | gzip" > dir.tar.gz Also, if you didn't want "/path/to/dir" in each archive filename, you could do: ssh user@host "cd /path/to/dir; tar -cf - . | gzip" > dir.tar.gz
splante · 569 weeks and 6 days ago
you can use rsh with tar and gzip ,,,this url will guide you with examples..... http://unixcommandstutorial.blogspot.in/2012/01/gzip-and-tar.html
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