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Re: Can scp be used to update a directory?



On Saturday 18 March 2006 15:27, Andy Green wrote:
> Anne Wilson wrote:
> > The scp man page is not very verbose ;-)  I want to copy a directory,
> > recursively, over the lan, but only those files that are new or updated.
> > MS-DOS could do this back in ...Ummm.... so I can't believe it can't be
> > done in scp, but I can't see how to do it.
>
> Use rsync for such tasks.  It natively understands how to move files
> over ssh.  Eg
>
> rsync -avz mysourcedir user desthost:/path/on/destination
>
> will just update/transmit files changed in the source dir compared to
> the destination.
>
The reason I don't want to use rsync is, AIUI, rsync would delete files on the 
remote box when they are deleted on the local one.  I don't want that to 
happen.

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