I’ve been using Dropbox for quite some time to transfer files from work to my home PCs. This is worked well for months, but I finally filled my dropbox account.
watch life less ordinary a online As I have a linux box at work and a linux box at home I decided to try and setup some simply one way mirroring system. I.e. mirror documents from work to my home PC.
I looked at using unison, which I used to mirror many other directories but I couldnt get it to connect out from my work PC. It appears to lack socks support. I know I could use ssh port forwarding to sync via sockets but this would be more complicated.
I decided to use rsync
There was one main issue though, I needed to get ssh to work over our proxies. We have a few http proxies and 1 socks proxy. The http proxies will not connect to arbitrary ports so I ended up using the socks server.
After lots of search and finding articles regarding port forwarding and nothing about using a socks proxy I found 1 good article.
I use gentoo linux so I emerged net-misc/connect which supports socks servers.
emerge -auv net-misc/connect
Once I had the connect utility installed I needed to edit my ssh config file. I only have 1 user configured on my linux box at work so I edited the ~/.ssh/config file.
This is what I added
Host stokebloke.com ProxyCommand connect -S user@socks-server:1080 %h %p Host www.stokebloke.com ProxyCommand connect -S user@socks-server:1080 %h %p Host homebox.homelinux.net ProxyCommand connect -S user@socks-server:1080 %h %p
You can also do the same thing with cygwin too. Instead of using connect program its called connect-proxy in the network section of the cygwin installer.
After I got this far I needed to configure rsync to work via this ssh connection which, it turns out, is very simple.
rsync --progress -avrz -e ssh src_dir/ firstname.lastname@example.org:~/dest_dir/
This results in the src_dir existing inside the dest_dir.