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ssh-xfer: Quickly grabbing files over an existing SSH connection

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 89.139.77.17] on August 09, 2008 06:11 PM
What really bothers me is that utilities like scp are horribly slow when transfering multiple small files over the network.

Yes I know, the accepted workaround for this is to tar the files before copying them or the more sophisticated way:
$ tar -czf - /some/file | ssh host.name tar -xzf - -C /destination

Now I wonder, is it *that* hard to add a flag to scp that does the above line automatically? I enjoy working with command lines, and I appreciate the flexibility demonstrated by this command, but that doesn't have to come at the cost of ease of use. a simple --use-tar flag in scp would kill no one.

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