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I'd like to install a new OS X on a MacBook and I'd like to know what needs to be done to backup only the iPhoto pictures. I definitely do not want to backup the entire /Users/Cedric/ directory. All I need is my iPhoto pictures and all the iPhoto "folders".

Ideally I'd like to do this over the network using ssh / scp.

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Your whole iPhoto library is stored in ~/Pictures/iPhoto Library. If you look at it in the Finder it appears as a single file but it's actually a package (aka directory structure). So in order to back it up over ssh/scp you can use one of

  • scp -r ~/Pictures/iPhoto\ Library user@remote_host:
  • rsync -a -e ssh ~/Pictures/iPhoto\ Library remote_host:
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thanks a lot, I'll try it as soon as I get home –  Cedric Martin Aug 17 '12 at 19:38
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