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For questions about the rsync tool, which is a Unix utility for synchronizing files across computer systems.

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rsync options for maintaining app bundles' symlinks and metadata when copying onto and back from SMB shares?

In the past I've generally used rsync -a to primarily copy data around, but I'm shifting gears to a Windows Server 2019 platform with SMB shares to receive everything from app bundle backups to Photos ...
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Rsync keeps copying the same file

I have used rsync for many years between linux filesystems without any problem with a very deterministic behavior. Now I try to use it on mac and experience some problem that some files (a small ...
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How to tell the maximum speed of copying a file using Finder or cp or rsync? [duplicate]

I got a Samsung T7 SSD drive knowing that it can handle 1GB/s read or write, but if I used rsync -a --progress --stats --human-readable file1.m4v /Volumes/T7/file1.m4v to tell the speed of copying a ...
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Rsync is terribly slow (0,5MB/S) on Catalina but the same rsync job is much faster (50MB/S) running from a Debian VM on the same mac?

i'm reaching out to you guys because i'm at my wits end. I've been trying to figure out why using rsync over ssh is so slow on my macbook (15inch from 2015). Basically i'm trying to backup my home ...
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Using rsync with path names containing spaces

I am trying to use rsync (on macOS Catalina) but have trouble with spaces in file path names. I have used -s or --protect-args but they do not do anything (when I look at the help for rsync, these ...
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problems resulting from launchd script running when computer is sleeping

I have a Bash script that copies a specified set of files/directories to a remote server via rsync. It is run by launchd as a Global Daemon every day at 3am. The computer is sleeping most of the time ...
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Automator Run Shell Script - Wrong output

I'm using Rsync for backing up a server. I thought I would make use of Automator to create easy backup-executables. And as the server has large amounts of data I need to split the data across multple ...
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Can't authenticate using SSH key when running script via launchd

I have a Bash script that executes an rsync command to sync files with a remote server. #!/bin/bash rsync -auvzP --exclude=.bundle --exclude=node_modules --exclude=tmp '/Volumes/Norman Data/me/....
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How can I back-up an external drive while preserving attributes, folder creation date and showing progress?

Final goal Create a copy of all files one external hard drive to another external hard drive, both formatted as HFS+. Preserve the folder creation date. Preserve finder colour label. During the ...
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Creating Rsync script to copy files for multiple users and the shared directory

I want to copy files to an external drive to use as a backup using RSync. I have installed OpenMediaVault to serve as NAS. I installed RSyncOsX to have a GUI to set parameters for Rsync to execute. ...
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Will Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) file/rsync-based clones to a “target disk mode” T2 MacBook work?

Summary I want to copy my entire OS/volume/disk (which is FileVault-ed) from on MacBook to another, whose volumes(s) are also FileVaulted. Assuming no OS incompatibilities between hardware, will a ...
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Does remote copy with scp support the -E flag?

In this documentation page section titled "Copy a file or folder remotely", Apple says scp supports the -E flag, which preserves extended [file] attributes, resource forks, and ACL information. On ...
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Copy Time Machine backup with rsync

Is it possible to copy a Time Machine backup using rsync to another HFS formatted disk. I am concerned that rsync would not be able to track the hard linked directories that Time Machine uses
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How to copy Time Machine directory when rsync can see files but ls can't?

I recently used GNU ddrescue to save a 6TB drive that was having troubles. When I would try to mount the drive, fsck_hfs determined it couldn't be fixed (it was trying to rebuild the catalog b-tree, ...
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rsync errors, but only when run in launchd

I have a script which runs rsync on my ~/Library/Preferences/ folder: #!/bin/zsh -f SOURCE="$HOME/Library/Preferences" TARGET="$HOME/Dropbox/Backups/Preferences/$HOST" LOG="$HOME/logs/$HOST/${NAME}...
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Copy Mac Time Machine Backup Directories from One External Drive to Another

I decided to stick to the safest approach to make copies of my backups. In other words, my Mac backs up everything to one external drive and then I copy that entire backup directory to the second ...
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Will rsync copy extended attributes, ACLs, etc. reliably enough for Time Machine?

I am copying a TM backup to a new drive over USB by drag&drop per Apple’s recommendation. But since it is more than two terabytes, I am concerned about the risk of interruption. If I try to ...
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rsync denied to access directory when run with launchctl

I have mounted samba share in "/Volumes/Samba" with full read/write access right to it. I created simple script to rsync files from smb share to folder on my disk, when I lunch script from terminal ...
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Why is finder copy faster than Rsync for local volumes?

I routinely find that the finder is faster for local disk to disk copy operations than Rsync. For instance Rsync on a large directory (100gb with 14000 files) can take many times longer than the ...
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How To Keep 2 Folders In Sync Real-Time?

I would like to keep Keybase data folders backup up to my local computer with some kind of real-time file sync solution. Every time Keybase is opened, any local files sync to Keybase associated ...
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System using old version of rSync instread of new version

I have a Mac computer and would like to send backups to a Synology NAS. Apple has rSync 2.6.9 pre-loaded with the operating system. I installed rSync 3.1.3 using HomeBrew as Synology Active Backup ...
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Why would running rsync cause the Date Modified value on a particular folder on the source volume to change?

I ran rsync last night to backup some of my drive. When I woke up, the source folder (which is sorted by Date Modified, descending) had a particular sub-folder at the top which I haven't touched in ...
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Rsync mishap .. OS hdd is now full

I attempted to use the command: sudo rsync -vaE --progress /Volumes/1-mate /Volumes/Hired-Hand .. to move the contents of one connected drive to another. This was going great until my boot drive ...
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update rsync in high sierra

I want to update rsync in high sierra. After I installed it using homebrew, it is installed in /usr/local/Cellar/rsync/3.1.3_1 rsync --version still shows 2.6.9. how can I fix that?
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How do I grant root access to user files in Mojave?

I upgraded my laptop to Mojave. For years, my backup strategy has included using rsync (MacPorts rsync 3.1.3) to copy files to a file server. This stopped working properly, now showing some errors ...
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How to repair, merge, or “update” (using rsync ?) partially downloaded/backed up duplicate icloud archives?

When I used icloud drive on my mac, and then disabled it, it moved all of my desktop files and documents to an archive. This happened multiple times. Now, I am no longer using this feature and I want ...
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Cannot load rsync daemon in Sierra. Log shows: “assertion failed: 16G1408: libxpc.dylib”

I'm trying to start rsync --daemon on Sierra (10.12.6), using launchctl. It used to work fine (last time in Mavericks, I think). But now on Sierra, the daemon does not start and grep rsync /var/log/...
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duplicate a folder/file structure using a placeholder file

I have a large library of digital media. Most of it is kept "offline" but the library software I use (Plex) uses media files to build the library and so I need to use placeholder files. Using 30 ...
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Transferring data to a new external hard drive without breaking links

I'm trying to migrate my data from an old external hard drive to a new one. When I copy and paste from within Finder, the data seems to expand to take up much more space, so I'm assuming some link ...
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rsync -a not preserving file ownership or group

I'm rsyncing from a remote linux box to my local solid state hard drive on my mac running High Sierra. I'm using the -a switch (archive) which is supposed to preserve the ownership of the group but ...
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Using Rsync For Exact Copy

I've used rsync before, on Linux, many times, but also many years ago and I also don't know if there are any differences or issues between using it on an iMac and on Linux. I have a drive with a ...
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User input in Automator's “Run Shell Script”

I have a Folder Action on a /Volumes folder. I'm checking when a specific disk is mounted (folder in /Volumes created), checking ssh to remote computer. If all present I run rsync there. It was OK ...
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How to use rsync via ssh with IPv6 LLA (link local address) addresses on OSX?

I'm using OSX High Sierra and bash. I'm trying to use a backup script based on IPv6 LLA (so I always reach the server, without DHCP, names etc). With IPv4 this works: rsync -e ssh /src/dir/* user@...
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Rsync 3.1.2 and High Sierra sparse bundle problem

For over a year, I've been using rsync to add a layer of archiving to my systems. It has worked fine. I recently upgraded the computers to High Sierra. My server contains a volume incorporating a ...
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Directory modification dates on FAT32 USB stick in OSX

I'm moving my files from Windows XP to OSX Sierra, and having trouble with rsync and directory modification dates. For now, I have moved the files from XP to a FAT32 USB drive using XP, and when I ...
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Trying to copy archive from one network share to another while ignoring the tilde character

I've been trying to copy an archive volume from one network share to another. Because most of these files are Mac files, I am using Mac Terminal to do so. I've tried every combination of cp, rsync, ...
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I canceled (control+c) rsync transfer on a large file; will it be picked up if I start over?

I am coping a about 5TB of data from a Drobo attacked to a Mac Mini running macOS Sierra to a NAS (FreeNAS). Here's the command I am using: sudo rsync -a --stats --progress "/Source" "/Destination" ...
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rsync is creating a folder called Archive under /Volumes instead of copying files to mounted share /Volumes/Archive

I am moving data from a Drobo 5D to a NAS (FreeNAS). I am using this command: sudo rsync -a --stats --progress "/Volumes/Drobo 5D" "/Volumes/Archive" Obviously, before I run the command, I mounted ...
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Safest rsync command options?

What are the safest commands to use with rsync to copy from one hard drive, all its content to a new hard drive, both external through my Mac. The important thing is I want to be sure permissions ...
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rsync cron job for backup not working

I'm trying to run a backup from one HDD to another at 10pm everynight on a Mac Pro. I have tested the rsync and it backups just fine outside of the cron table. Here is what I have and it's not running ...
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rsync + chmod multiple files

I have a source folder source/ -rw-------@ 1 user staff 41B Mar 23 13:59 aws-1 -rw-r--r-- 1 user staff 112B Mar 23 14:36 aws-2 -rw-rw-rw-@ 1 user staff 2.3K Feb 5 17:15 google the ...
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Terminal command that is the same as copy paste in Finder?

I'm curious. As far as cp and rsync I see all these different options. Correct me if I'm wrong, but if you copy + paste in Finder, lets say from one hard drive to another, it should preserve: All ...
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Error messages in rsync

When I run rsync -avz --exclude-from=exc ~/ /Volumes/Backup/home/ I get the message sending incremental file list ./ .DS_Store ...<snip>... (lots of files).... End of list of files sent 72,...
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Rsync re-copying all files

I use ParagonNTFS on my Mac that I can write to ntfs drives. I have two very large NTFS drives that I try to keep in sync. I'd like to be able to do this quickly with rsync: rsync -rvh --delete /...
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merge folder trees on OSX by moving, not copying them

It's backup time, and I've been trying to merge two big directory trees on the same (physical) partition, with lots levels of depth. The first one is the base containing all my projects up to 2014, ...
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Rsync to macOS Sierra fails

I have a directory in my Ubuntu computer with the following sub directories: emacs.d/el-get/python-mode/ ├── extensions ├── EXTENSIONS ├── INSTALL ├── INSTALL-INFO-FILES ├── ... └── website When I ...
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rsync and hard links

I set up a shell script to synchronize two directories, this is the code: rsync -rptDH /source /destination Source is a local directory and destination is a smb mounted NAS drive. I added the -H ...
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Back up Mac using CarbonCopyCloner with command line only?

Background: I never expected to have only command line access to my Mac, but the day has arrived! :) Due to a video card problem, any attempt to boot the normal OS or recovery partition results in ...
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Unexpected results from rsync

I am trying to use rsync for back up using this command: rsync -vaE --progress --delete /source /destination My goal is to have the destination be an exact copy of the source. I have updated rsync ...
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copyfile errors and dot files using rsync

I read @SwisherSweet's question of the fastest and safest way to copy massive data from one external drive to another, along with @GrahamMiln's excellent answer. I'm in a similar situation where I ...