RSync

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rsync -av --progress --inplace --rsh='ssh -p8023' somefile user@host:somedir/
rsync -Pazvh -e ssh user@host:remote_file local_file
-a, --archive archive mode. It is a quick way of saying you want recursion and want to preserve everything
--partial               keep partially transferred files
--progress              show progress during transfer
-P instead of –partial –progress.
-e, --rsh=COMMAND           specify rsh replacement
-v, --verbose               increase verbosity
-z, --compress              compress file data
-r, --recursive             recurse into directories
-h,                         Humanly readable 
--delete                    Delete files on destination that is not on source
--delete-after              Same as above, just does the delete after the file copy, not before.


The option a sometimes gives me odd errors. I don't use it anymore.

rsync --update -zPrvh /media/vissie/Vissie_3T/Movies /media/vissie/2T\ PikkeDis/

An Important Note

You may have noticed that there is a trailing slash (/) at the end of the first argument in the above commands:

rsync -a dir1/ dir2

This is necessary to mean "the contents of dir1".

The alternative, without the trailing slash, would place dir1, including the directory, within dir2. This would create a hierarchy that looks like:

~/dir2/dir1/[files]