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copying files between servers using command line

EnWorldly

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hi guys,
I've got a list of files in one server location that I want to copy over to a location on a completely different server. What is the best (and most simple if possible - I'm a bit of a newbie) way to do this?

The files are all nested inside various subfolders, but I can generate a list of them with their full directory paths.

thanks in advance for your help
 


EnWorldly

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Did you try

1. scp?
2. ssh in order to wget?

Nup. Didn't really try anything yet! I do ssh into both of the servers (the source and the target), if that helps? Would you then recommend wget? Should I do that from the source location (where I am copying the files from), or the target location (where I am copying the file to)? thanks!
 

wizardfromoz

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Rsync?

(Wizard appears in a puff of smoke)

Welcome to linux.org @EnWorldly :)

I don't use it myself, but a lot of Sysadmins do!

Google up

"linux rsync" and see what you think.

Cheers and

Avagudweegend

Chris Turner
wizardfromoz
 

Rob

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Yep, rsync is your best bet here..

Let's say you want to copy the files from server1:/path/to/files/ to server2:/other/path/ you would simply do:
From server1:
Code:
 rsync -avz --progress /path/to/files server2:/other/path/
From server2:
Code:
 rsync -avz --progress server1:/path/to/files/ /other/path/
 

EnWorldly

New Member
Yep, rsync is your best bet here..

Let's say you want to copy the files from server1:/path/to/files/ to server2:/other/path/ you would simply do:
From server1:
Code:
 rsync -avz --progress /path/to/files server2:/other/path/
From server2:
Code:
 rsync -avz --progress server1:/path/to/files/ /other/path/

Thanks Rob and WizardFromOz (yes I did avagudweegend).

my question now is this: the files are not all in one location on the source. (They are all going to the same location at the target). So, can I put in multiple filepaths for the source files? E.g. a distinct path for each file? Like, a list of paths, as a way of defining the list of files that I want to copy across?

cheers, Nick
 

wizardfromoz

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G'day Nick :)

I will likely bail at this point, as this is beyond my paygrade :(. I use rsync on a daily basis, but indirectly, as it is the underlying engine for Tony George's Timeshift which I use daily.

I knew of rsync's use for sysadmins in deploying packages and files remotely only through reading, but have not used it as such per se.

@Rob , @JasKinasis and perhaps new Member @HostechSupport may be of further assistance.

I mention Jas because as well as working in the industry, he is a "wizard" on scripting, and it sounds to me that if rsync cannot cope with the disparate paths of its own accord, then a script might be in order.

That is just a guess.

Good luck, I'll sit back and watch and learn :rolleyes:

Wizard
 

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