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===As a backup utility===
 
===As a backup utility===
The rsync protocol can easily be used for backups, only transferring files that have changed since the last backup. This section describes a very simple scheduled backup script using rsync, typically used for copying to removable media. For a more thorough example, see [[Full system backup with rsync]].
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The rsync protocol can easily be used for backups, only transferring files that have changed since the last backup. This section describes a very simple scheduled backup script using rsync, typically used for copying to removable media. For a more thorough example, see [[rsync/Full system backup]].
  
 
====Automated backup====
 
====Automated backup====

Revision as of 03:21, 12 December 2009

rsync is an open source utility that provides fast incremental file transfer.

Installation

Install the Template:Package Official package using pacman:

# pacman -S rsync

Usage

For more examples, search the Community Contributions and General Programming forums.

As a cp alternative

rsync can readily be used as an advanced cp alternative, specially useful for copying larger files:

$ rsync -P src dest

The Template:Codeline option is the same as Template:Codeline, which keeps partially transferred files and shows a progress bar during transfer.

As a backup utility

The rsync protocol can easily be used for backups, only transferring files that have changed since the last backup. This section describes a very simple scheduled backup script using rsync, typically used for copying to removable media. For a more thorough example, see rsync/Full system backup.

Automated backup

For the sake of this example, the script is created in the Template:Filename directory, and will be run on a daily basis if a cron daemon is installed and properly configured. Configuring and using cron is outside the scope of this article.

First, create a script containing the appropriate command options: Template:File

Template:Codeline 
indicates that files should be archived, meaning that all of their attributes are preserved
Template:Codeline 
means files deleted on the source are to be deleted on the backup aswell

Here, Template:Filename should to be changed to what needs to be backed-up (Template:Filename, for example) and Template:Filename is where the backup should be saved (Template:Filename, for instance).

Finally, the script must be executable:

# chmod +x /etc/cron.daily/rsync.backup

Automated backup with SSH

If backing-up to a remote host using SSH, use this script instead: Template:File

Template:Codeline 
tells rsync to use SSH
Template:Codeline 
is the user on the host Template:Codeline