07 Feb 2006
wget as rsync/server migration tool
It works surprisingly well. I moved a site off a crappy server (so crappy, in fact, that core dumps were winding up in my
public_html directory! Lame-o.) that wouldn’t let me have SSH access this evening to one that did, and tried for a while to get my head around *nix
ftp‘s recursive get… then gave up, because whatever’s documented out there obviously wasn’t working for me.
Then I remembered wget (which I use all the time for grabbing big files, because I can just background the process and not think about it til I wonder “Hey, where’d this several-GB file on my desktop come from?”) had FTP capabilities and could spider websites. Recursive get shouldn’t be a problem!
And it wasn’t.
wget -r ftp://login:firstname.lastname@example.org/public_html/ (or similar) and the server you’re on will happily leech from an older one! Good stuff.