I'm a bit new to the command line and UNIX but am finding it hugely useful. Is it possible for me to rsync from putty on my windows 7 machine to my virtual server?

If not what are my other command line options? I just want to update my cms scripts without having to SFTP into each website account with Filezilla. A nice rsync command would suit me better.

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Cygwin is a way to run a Linux-like environment on window. Among other things it provides a rsync binary.



Consider using cwRsync, a packaging of rsync for Windows. PuTTY by itself does not provide rsync.


Have a look at Deltacopy which is a windows implementation of rsync. The package contains just what you need to do the job.


I use rsync in Cygwin on Win-XP to transfer files to and from a Linux virtual server. If your Centos server has a name which Windows 7 understands, it might be as simple as

rsync -avz --progress ~/sortdata/ root@centos:/var/www/sort/

It's not necessary to use Putty - that would probably mean logging into the Centos server and doing the rsync in the opposite direction.

BTW, keep using that command-line -- it gets easier with practice.


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