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Linux / Unix: Rsync Copy Hidden Dot Files and Directories Only

How do I use the rsync tool to copy only the hidden files and directory (such as ~/.ssh/, ~/.foo, and so on) from /home/jobs directory to the /mnt/usb directory under Unix like operating system?

The rsync program is used for synchronizing files over a network or local disks. To view or display only hidden files with ls command:
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ls -ld ~/.??*

OR


ls -ld ~/.[^.]*

Sample outputs:

Fig:01 ls command to view only hidden files

rsync not synchronizing all hidden .dot files?

In this example, you used the pattern .[^.]* or .??* to select and display only hidden files using ls command. You can use the same pattern with any Unix command including rsync command. The syntax is as follows to copy hidden files with rsync:

rsync -av /path/to/dir/.??* /path/to/dest
rsync -avzP /path/to/dir/.??* /mnt/usb
rsync -avzP $HOME/.??* user1@server1.sxi.io:/path/to/backup/users/u/user1
rsync -avzP ~/.[^.]* user1@server1.sxi.io:/path/to/backup/users/u/user1

In this example, copy all hidden files from my home directory to /mnt/test:

rsync -avzP ~/.[^.]* /mnt/test

Sample outputs:

Fig.02 Rsync example to copy only hidden files

Posted by: SXI ADMIN

The author is the creator of SXI LLC and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

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