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Girror == [G]it the M

A CLI remote-to-local directory mirroring tool, the poor man's “filezilla” which I couldn't google up, so decided to make it myself.

What does it do?

  • Logs into the remote sftp server;

  • Changes to the dir indicated in the CLI parameter;

  • Gets the directory tree from there;

  • Compares the tree to the local one;

  • Downloads all the files/directories which are:

    • don't exist in the local tree,

    • newer than local ones (mtime comparison),

    • have the mode/owner changed (this feature is available only if the local system is Unix);

  • Removes all the removed-on-remote files;

  • Wraps all the operations into git transactions (creation/deletion of files/dirs);

  • Commits the changes to the local git repository.

Girror doesn't need any special server software on the remote side besides the ssh/sftp.

CLI reference

girror -h

Girror cli tool, version 0.0.5.

Mirrors the remote sftp site and stores the changes in a local git repo.

Command Line Usage:

girror [options] remote_uri

remote_uri: a complete sftp uri of a remote location;

remote_uri may be in the form of either "user:pass@host:path" or
"host:path". In the latter case username is taken from the environment
variable $USERNAME.

  -l, --log place                  place = ['syslog' or a filename]: Logging destination (default is STDERR).
      --renc encoding              Remote filename encoding; defaults to 'utf-8'.
      --lenc encoding              Local filename encoding; defaults to 'utf-8'.
  -o, --output path                Output directory, should be a git repo workdir.
  -v, --verbose                    Be verbose: log tons of debugging. THOUSANDS OF THEM!
  -h, --help                       Display this help message.

Configuration file

Some runtime options may be specified in _girror/config.rb file in local “mirror” directory. SSH-cpecific tuning may also be done there. Here's the example with the tested options:


# girror config for current mirror
module Config

  # Program options for the current instance
    # custom commit message
    :commit_msg => Proc.new {"State at #{Time.now}"},

    # local filename encoding
    :lenc => 'koi8-r',

    # remote filename encoding
    :renc => 'cp1251',

    # some specific ssh options
    # currently available are:
    # - :keys
    # - :compression
    :ssh => {
      # specific ssh secret key files are listed in this array
      :keys        => ['/home/paul/.ssh/id_dsa_somekey'],

      # you may set this to true or one of algo settings
      # (see docs for Net::SSH.start)
      :compression => true



Usage example

[paul@paul site]$ git init mirror
Initialized empty Git repository in /usr/home/paul/work/Krotov/site/mirror/.git/
[paul@paul site]$ girror -o mirror paul@paul:/home/paul/develop/ruby/girror
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:35.843256 #2341]  INFO -- : Starting
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:35.843515 #2341]  INFO -- : Opening local git repo at mirror
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:35.843848 #2341]  INFO -- : Changed to /usr/home/paul/work/Krotov/site/mirror
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:35.860511 #2341]  INFO -- : Not using stored config: no such file to load -- config
Enter passphrase for /home/paul/.ssh/id_dsa:
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:40.856664 #2341]  INFO -- : Connected to remote paul as paul
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:40.863612 #2341]  INFO -- : Fetching file /home/paul/develop/ruby/girror/Rakefile -> ./Rakefile (1565 bytes)
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:40.866610 #2341]  INFO -- : Setting mode: ./Rakefile => 100644
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:40.866853 #2341]  INFO -- : Setting mtime: ./Rakefile => ["2010-12-31 13:39:07", "2010-12-31 13:28:11"]
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:40.882452 #2341]  INFO -- : Fetching file /home/paul/develop/ruby/girror/Gemfile -> ./Gemfile (423 bytes)
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:40.885195 #2341]  INFO -- : Setting mode: ./Gemfile => 100644
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:40.885317 #2341]  INFO -- : Setting mtime: ./Gemfile => ["2010-12-31 13:39:08", "2010-12-28 16:26:55"]


I, [2010-12-31T13:43:40.974504 #2341]  INFO -- : Fetching directory /home/paul/develop/ruby/girror/pkg -> ./pkg | [2010-12-31 13:39:07 +0300, 2010-12-31 13:39:08 +0300, 0, 0, "40755"]
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:40.980814 #2341]  INFO -- : Fetching file /home/paul/develop/ruby/girror/pkg/girror-0.0.0.gem -> ./pkg/girror-0.0.0.gem (61440 bytes)
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:40.995837 #2341]  INFO -- : Setting mode: ./pkg/girror-0.0.0.gem => 100644
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:40.996319 #2341]  INFO -- : Setting mtime: ./pkg/girror-0.0.0.gem => ["2010-12-31 13:39:10", "2010-12-31 13:39:07"]
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:40.996829 #2341]  INFO -- : Setting mode: ./pkg => 40755
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:40.997039 #2341]  INFO -- : Setting mtime: ./pkg => ["2010-12-31 13:39:08", "2010-12-31 13:39:07"]
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:40.997403 #2341]  INFO -- : Disconnected from remote paul
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:40.997466 #2341]  INFO -- : Committing changes to local git repo
I, [2010-12-31T13:43:41.061205 #2341]  INFO -- : Finishing

Note that remote git-related files aren't got.

Contributing to girror

  • Check out the latest master to make sure the feature hasn't been implemented or the bug hasn't been fixed yet

  • Check out the issue tracker to make sure someone already hasn't requested it and/or contributed it

  • Fork the project

  • Start a feature/bugfix branch

  • Commit and push until you are happy with your contribution

  • Make sure to add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.

  • Please try not to mess with the Rakefile, version, or history. If you want to have your own version, or is otherwise necessary, that is fine, but please isolate to its own commit so I can cherry-pick around it.


Copyright © 2010 Pavel Argentov. See LICENSE.txt for further details.