Better Way to Copy a Large Quantity of Data Over a Network Without Using ‘scp’

If you ever need to copy a large amount of data over a network (especially if its a huge number of small files) you can pipe a tar command through a ssh connection, and because tar copies whole blocks at a time, it will be far, far, faster than using SCP.

To execute it, simply:

$ tar czf - <files> | ssh user@host "cd /wherever; tar xvzf -"

 

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