Recursively Copy or Backup with Rsync

By | 2010/11/16

What is a good way to recursively copy contents of directory (including hidden files) to another directory?

A simple rsync command is excellent for this! The command is simply:

$ rsync -a /source /destination

For example, I am backing up my entire home directory to another disk like so:

$ rsync -a /home/stmiller /media/linuxbkup/bkup

I like to use the following options for backup which preserve permissions, as well as show progress:

$ rsync -avP --delete /home/stmiller /media/backupdrive/bkup