Mar 13

This will backup your entire remote server to your local Macintosh computer. It uses the command line so it’s not for beginners.

Open a terminal window and type the following:

rsync --recursive --verbose --archive --progress --stats --size-only --dry-run yourusername@yourservername.com:folder_to_backup ~/Sites/

replace yourusername@yourservername.com:folder with the folder you want to back up from.

For me it was username@mac-host.com:public_html

This will do a practice run!! If it looks OK, repeat the command with –dry-run removed!

Here’s how to make it so you don’t need to type in your password each time you rsync to the remote machine:

  1. Open the terminal window and type ssh-keygen -t rsa
    Follow the prompts and use the defaults for the filenames it gives you. Don’t enter in a password.
  2. Go to the finder menu Go|Go to Folder and type in ~/.ssh
    You should then have two new files id_rsa and id_rsa.pub.
  3. Use your ftp program to copy id_rsa.pub into the .ssh directory in the home folder on your server machine, and rename it to authorized_keys.

Now you won’t be prompted for a password when you rsync to the server!

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