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Note To Self: Copy Files Between Two Systems with Rsync

I needed to copy a couple hundred GBs of data as a precaution from a VPS to another location for temporary storage since I was about to mess with the file system. After reading the man pages and other blogs I guess this was the best I could come up with.

rsync -arz -e ssh /local_path/ remote_user@ip_address:/remote_path/
-a archive mode
-r recurse into directories
-z compress file during the transfer
-e ssh remote shell SSH

Other parmeters to add:

--partial keep partially transferred files
--delete delete extraneous files from destination dirs