View Full Version : rsync multiple local directories to one remote using one log file

October 10th, 2007, 08:24 PM
Here's my script thus far:


# %Y year
# %m month (01..12)
# %d day of month (e.g, 01)
# %s seconds since 1970-01-01 00:00:00 UTC

THEDATE=`date '+%Y%m%d-%s'` # 20071010-1192044000

# -a, --archive archive mode; equals -rlptgoD (no -H,-A,-X)
# -v, --verbose increase verbosity
# -r, --recursive recurse into directories
# -z, --compress compress file data during the transfer
# --delete delete extraneous files from dest dirs
# --log-file=FILE log what we're doing to the specified FILE
# -e, --rsh=COMMAND specify the remote shell to use

rsync -avrz --delete --log-file=/home/admin/logs/rsync/rsync_log-$THEDATE.log --rsh="ssh -p 2222" '/var /etc' admin@

It returns:

2007/10/10 15:08:39 [16208] building file list
2007/10/10 15:08:39 [16208] rsync: link_stat "/etc /var" failed: No such file or directory (2)
2007/10/10 15:08:39 [16208] done
2007/10/10 15:08:39 [16208] sent 33 bytes received 20 bytes 3.93 bytes/sec
2007/10/10 15:08:39 [16208] total size is 0 speedup is 0.00
2007/10/10 15:08:39 [16208] rsync error: some files could not be transferred (code 23) at main.c(977) [sender=2.6.9]

Even though in the rsync man pages it says to use single quotes for multiple directories, it fails. So I can (and have) easily changed '/var /etc' to /var but then that requires re-writing the line twice and having different log files. How can I send both directories with one log file?

October 17th, 2007, 08:33 PM
You can use 'localhost:' before the list of quoted dirs. Its working fine for me :

rsync -avrz --delete --log-file=/home/admin/logs/rsync/rsync_log-$THEDATE.log --rsh="ssh -p 2222" localhost:'/var /etc' admin@

My problem is that is seem to go through the network to do that. I don't know if it can't be speed up by using another syntax. Didn't found the answer yet.