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Rsync: What is it and How do I Use it?

What is Rsync? Rsync is a Linux-based tool that can be used to sync files between remote and local servers. Rsync has many options that can help you define the connections you make. From deciding the type of shell that should be used to files that should be excluded in a transfer, rsync gives you the power to shape the transfer specifications. It should be noted, however, that rsync makes it very easy to accidentally overwrite your files. So we recommend double-checking everything before you sync or using the –dry-run option. Rsync is great for complex file syncs and for…

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What’s a Traceroute and How Do I Use One?

What is a Traceroute? Traceroute is a network diagnostic tool that can be used to analyze the connection from one network device to another. Connections between computers are not instantaneous – instead, information journeys across networks and through multiple locations to reach its destination. Using traceroute gives you the ability to find out what route the data is taking and if there are any problems on the path. Traceroute is a great way to check on connection problems. Since it travels along the same path as your connection, it can report back to where it failed and possibly offer clues…

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What is curl?

What is curl? cURL, often just “curl,” is a free command line tool. It uses URL syntax to transfer data to and from servers. curl is a widely used because of its ability to be flexible and complete complex tasks. For example, you can use curl for things like user authentication, HTTP post, SSL connections, proxy support, FTP uploads, and more! You can also do simple things with curl, such as download web pages and web images. Read on to find out if you should use curl, and if so, common use cases that will get you started.  Should You…

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