How to use rsync to download documents from the RFC Editor Repository


[1] To get the list of modules available

     type 'rsync ftp.rfc-editor.org::'

      This will return a results like following


      (Module Names)           (Comments)
everything-ftp Everything FTP
rfcs Contents of in-notes/ and subdirectories bcp/, fyi/, ien/, and std/
rfcs-text-only Text files from [rfcs]
rfc-ed-all Entire repository (excluding internet-drafts)
internet-drafts Internet Drafts
ids-text-only Text files from [Internet Drafts]
rfcs-pdf-only PDF versions of ASCII RFCs to ensure correct page breaks, etc

[2] To create a mirror using a module
Type 'rsync -avz --delete ftp.rfc-editor.org::Module-Name Target-Directory'
Ex) To create a mirror of the text versions of all the RFCs, i.e., in-notes/*.txt in-notes/bcp/*.txt in-notes/fyi/*.txt in-notes/ien/*.txt in-notes/std/*.txt type 'rsync -avz --delete ftp.rfc-editor.org::rfcs-text-only my-rfc-mirror'

(The --delete option is useful for removing local copies of files that have been deleted from the repository. This is helpful to remove expired Internet drafts.)


rsync web page : http://rsync.samba.org

This page last updated 17 March 2010.