lftp is a command-line FTP client with several advanced file transfer features. For example, lftp can upload or download a whole directory tree recursively and selectively, or resume interrupted file transfers. A popular use case of lftp is to mirror local files or folders to a remote FTP server. While rsync is a popular mirroring software tool, it uses its own file synchronization protocol, and so does not work over FTP.
If you would like to backup local files or directory trees to a remote FTP server, you can proceed as follows.
To install lftp on Debian, Ubuntu or Linux Mint:
To install lftp on CentOS, Fedora or RHEL:
Now go ahead and run iftp command as follows. Note that $username, $password and $ftp_hostname need to be populated according to your FTP server setup.
mirror --reverse --delete --parallel=3 --older-than='now-7days' --exclude-glob .git"
- "--reverse" option means uploading files to a remote FTP server.
- "--delete" option means removing files not present in the source directory.
- "--parallel=3" option means uploading upto 3 files in parallel.
- "--exclude-glob .git" option means excluding matching folders (e.g., .git).
- "--older-than='now-7days'" option means uploading files which were modified more than seven days ago.
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