Sync files locally?

Paul Schmehl pauls at
Wed Sep 27 14:43:54 PDT 2006

What's the best way to sync files locally?

I'm running rsync over ssh to backup files from a server.  Now I'm setting 
up a new server, so I rsynced to it as well.  The files end up in a subdir 
of my home directory, because my account is being used for the rsync.  I've 
been using cp -R to put them in the right place on the server and the chmod 
and chown to get the perms right, but I'm thinking there has to be a way to 
sync the files locally so that only the ones that have changed or are new 
have to be copied to the right place.

I can use find to set the perms, but I'm not sure how to sync the files. 
This is unix, so there's got to be a built-in utility that does this, but I 
can't seem to find it.

Paul Schmehl (pauls at
Adjunct Information Security Officer
The University of Texas at Dallas

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