Mirroring FTP directories with lftp

Since a while, I’ve been looking for a simple way to sync/mirror a local directory with an FTP directory. In this case, to update dickson.tf without going through FileZilla every time.

Turns out, there is a program for linux called lftp which will do just that, and quite easily.

The way I’ve done it is to create a script that will manage this, and launch it when I want to send an update:

#! /bin/bash
echo "Updating example.com"

lftp -f "
open $HOST
user $USER $PASS
mirror --reverse \ # reverse mirror = put files
 --newer-only # only files that have been changed
 --delete \ # delete files that no longer exist
 --use-cache \ # can be faster
 --verbose \
 --exclude-glob .* \ # exclude files that start with .
echo "done"

This will sync all files from /home/user/local/dir towards /your/remote_dir of the remote server, creating a mirror copy.

You can then put this in a cron job to automatically update any changes every day:

@daily /home/user/mirror_site.sh

or anything else you fancy.


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