14 May

Fast Transfer using LFTP and SSH

lftp -u user,pwd -e "set sftp:connect-program 'ssh -a -x -T -c arcfour -o Compression=no'; mirror -v -c --loop --use-pget-n=3 -P 2 /remote/dir/ /local/dir/; quit" sftp://remotehost:22

Fastest segmented parallel sync of a remote directory over ssh
Mirror a remote directory using some tricks to maximize network speed.

lftp:: coolest file transfer tool ever

-u: username and password (pwd is merely a placeholder if you have ~/.ssh/id_rsa)

-e: execute internal lftp commands

set sftp:connect-program: use some specific command instead of plain ssh


-a -x -T: disable useless things

-c arcfour: use the most efficient cipher specification

-o Compression=no: disable compression to save CPU

mirror: copy remote dir subtree to local dir

-v: be verbose (cool progress bar and speed meter, one for each file in parallel)

-c: continue interrupted file transfers if possible

–loop: repeat mirror until no differences found

–use-pget-n=3: transfer each file with 3 independent parallel TCP connections

-P 2: transfer 2 files in parallel (totalling 6 TCP connections)

sftp://remotehost:22: use sftp protocol on port 22 (you can give any other port if appropriate)

You can play with values for –use-pget-n and/or -P to achieve maximum speed depending on the particular network.

If the files are compressible removing “-o Compression=n” can be beneficial.

Better create an alias for the command.