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Old 06-13-2013, 12:21 PM   #1
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Rsync With SSH Syntax?

I'm looking to try and use Rsync to push data from my local computer to a remote computer through SSH, using a specific key and a specific port and I'm struggling.

rsync -rdtvu --delete -e ssh -p 22 -i /path/to/sshkey /media/local/media/ user@
Returns this.:
Permission denied (publickey).
rsync: connection unexpectedly closed (0 bytes received so far) [sender]
rsync error: unexplained error (code 255) at io.c(605) [sender=3.0.9]
I can ssh into the remote box fine using
ssh -p 22 -i /path/to/sshkey user@

Last edited by NotAComputerGuy; 06-13-2013 at 01:22 PM. Reason: Typo
Old 06-13-2013, 04:06 PM   #2
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You need to place the args to the -e switch in quotes. So, you should have:
rsync -rdtvu --delete -e "ssh -p 22 -i /path/to/sshkey" /media/local/media/ user@
To make this easier for the future, you man want to add something to your ~/.ssh/config file. For example:

    User username
    Port 22
Of course, port 22 is the default so you don't need to add that unless you use a non-standard port.


Last edited by quantumsummers; 06-13-2013 at 04:08 PM.
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:13 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply and the free handy tip!


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