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Use an alias to ease resumable scp transfers UNIX
If you do a lot of downloading via scp and occasionally find yourself restarting a download that failed due to a closed connection, here's an alias that can help. Add the following to your user's ~/.profile file to create a "resumable scp downloading command:
alias scpresume="rsync --partial --progress --rsh=ssh"
This command uses rsync, and sets options for resumable transfers (--partial), displaying a progress bar (--progress), and insures that the transfer will be made using secure shell (-rsh=ssh). To use the command, open a new shell after saving your modified .profile file, and then type scpresume in place of scp in your normal transfer command.

[robg adds: I added detail to the original hint submission, so I apologize if I got some of the details on the rsync options incorrect.]
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this does the same but increases with speed
Authored by: ehunt123 on Jul 14, '08 09:21:53AM

I picked this shell script up years ago that performs an identical function but uses blocks to help with speed. I've never had an issue with the scpresume (I keep it aliased in my 30k .bash_profile), but did have a few issues when transfering very large files (>100MB) over slower links (something not inside your own network). Header is retained with the original author.

throw this into or whatever works for you

# Speed improvements by using blocks by
# This script assumes that you have access to the 'dd' utility
# on both the local and remote host.

# dd transfer blocksize (8192 by default)

  echo "Usage: `basename $0` -u(pload)   \$localfile  \$remotefile [\$sshargs]"
  echo "       `basename $0` -d(ownload) \$remotefile \$localfile  [\$sshargs]"
  echo "  \$remotefile should be in the scp format, i.e.: [user@]host:filename"
  echo "  \$sshargs are option further ssh options such as a port specification"
  echo "     (-p 1234) or use of compression (-C)"
  echo "  -u:"
  echo "     \$remotefile may be [user@]host: for uploading to your remote home directory"
  echo "  -d:"
  echo "     \$localfile may be a period (.) when downloading a remote file to the"
  echo "       current working directory."
  exit 1

[ -z "$1" -o -z "$2" -o -z "$3" ] && usage

case $option in
    shift 3


    if [ ! -f "$localfile" ]; then
      echo "!! File not found: $localfile"
    if [ x"$userhost" = x"$remote" ]; then usage; fi
    if [ x"$remotefile" = x"$remote" -o -z "$remotefile" ]; then remotefile=`basename "$localfile"`; fi

    echo "==>> Getting size of remote file:"
    localsize=`ls -l "${localfile}" | awk '{ print $5 }'`
    remotesize=`ssh $sshargs "$userhost" "[ -f \"${remotefile}\" ] && ls -l \"${remotefile}\"" | awk '{ print $5 }' `

    [ -z "$remotesize" ] && remotesize=0
    echo "=> Remote filesize: $remotesize bytes"
    if [ $localsize -eq $remotesize ]; then
      echo "=> Local size equals remote size, nothing to transfer."
      exit 0;
    remainder=$((remotesize % blocksize))
    restartpoint=$((remotesize - remainder))
    blockstransferred=$((remotesize / blocksize))
    echo "=> Resuming upload of '$localfile'"
    echo "  at byte: $restartpoint ($blockstransferred blocks x $blocksize bytes/block),"
    echo "  will overwrite the trailing $remainder bytes."

    dd bs=$blocksize skip=$blockstransferred "if=${localfile}" | \
      ssh $sshargs "$userhost" "dd bs=$blocksize seek=$blockstransferred of=\"$remotefile\""

    echo "done."
    shift 3


    if [ x"$localfile" = x"." ]; then localfile=`basename "$remotefile"`; fi
    if [ ! -f "$localfile" ]; then
      localsize=`ls -l "${localfile}" | awk '{ print $5 }'`
    [ x"$remotefile" = x"$remote" ] && usage
    [ -z "$localsize" ] && localsize=0

    remainder=$((localsize % blocksize))
    restartpoint=$((localsize - remainder))
    blockstransferred=$((localsize / blocksize))
    echo "=> Resuming download of '$localfile'"
    echo "  at byte: $restartpoint ($blockstransferred blocks x $blocksize bytes/block)"
    echo "  filesize: $localsize; will overwrite the trailing $remainder bytes."
    ssh $sshargs "$userhost" "dd bs=$blocksize skip=$blockstransferred \"if=${remotefile}\"" |
      dd bs=$blocksize seek=$blockstransferred "of=$localfile"


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Use an alias to ease resumable scp transfers
Authored by: mithras on Jul 14, '08 11:43:25AM
I do much the same thing, though I add the --archive flag to preserve permissions, ownership, symlinks, timestamps, and to recurse into directories:
alias scpr='rsync --partial --progress --rsh=ssh --archive'

-- (coming soonish)

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Replace scp entirely
Authored by: VxJasonxV on Jul 14, '08 01:09:02PM

If you're never worried about using scp itself, I'm fairly sure you <em>can</em> alias straight over the scp command.

alias scp="rsync --partial --progress --rsh=ssh"

Anytime you run scp from that point forward, it should instead execute rsync.

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Replace scp entirely
Authored by: VxJasonxV on Jul 14, '08 01:11:14PM

And of course, I left the post mode on Plain Old Text.


Defeated Again.

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