tarring over ssh question - pulling from the source to tarfiles

Glenn Dawson glenn at antimatter.net
Tue Nov 1 23:24:40 PST 2005

At 11:20 PM 11/1/2005, user wrote:

>Sometimes I have a bunch of data that I want to transfer from source to
>destination over ssh, but I want to tar it up on the way over (that is, I
>don't have enough space on the source to create a tarball of the data and
>then just scp the tarball over...)
>I do that like this:
>tar cf - /files | ssh user at "cat >
>or if I want to split it into multiple files:
>tar cf - /files | ssh user at "split - -b 1024m
>This works just fine.
>My question is, what if I want to initiate this process from the
>destination machine ?  In the above example, I am on the source machine,
>and I ssh to the destination, making the tar files as it goes.
>What if, instead, I am logged into the destination machine, and I want to
>do the same thing - all from the destination machine ?
>That is, I know that there is a directory /files on the source that I
>want, and I have a login to ssh them to me, but I do not want to logon to
>the source - I want to suck /files to me, but also tar them up on the way.
>Is that possible ?  rsync/rdist are not available.  I need to do this over
>ssh and tar, as in the above examples.

rsync would be a much better choice for your needs.


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