I want to SCP an entire directory over to my new server, but exclude the thumbs/ directory inside /storage.

i want to scp over (and everything inside it, and all directories): /storage

but exclude: /storage/thumbs

thank you


Use rsync: rsync -av --exclude thumbs /storage dest

Rsync uses secure copy.

  • 2
    Actually, it pipes over SSH. But the net result is the same. Dec 2 '10 at 16:43
  • How do you rsync to another server? Dec 2 '10 at 16:49
  • Specify the destination in the form host:dir, such as newserver:/destdir. Dec 2 '10 at 17:44
  • +1: I was about to ask how to do scp recursively. I forgot about rsync.
    – David W.
    May 1 '12 at 17:31

Happy to be proven wrong but there's nothing I can see in the man page to suggest you can, presumably you're using '-r' right?

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