Newbie: What does -e do?

Jeffrey Ellis jellis at
Sun Aug 6 02:19:39 GMT 2006

on 8/5/06 4:51 PM, Jan-Benedict Glaw at jbglaw at wrote:

> On Sat, 2006-08-05 15:36:57 -0700, Jeffrey Ellis <jellis at> wrote:
>> The first I see pretty often is ­e. Can someone explain what this does?
> rsync can be used in conjunction with several transport protocols. In
> one incarnation, you can tell rsync about a command (supplied with the
> -e command line option) that'll execute a given command (that'll be
> supplied on the command line) on a remote host.
> The usual usage is to tell rsync to use ssh so shift all the data over
> the internet. That way, you can strongly authenticate the remote host
> (so that simple IP spoofing won't give an attacker all of your backup)
> as well as encrypt all the traffic.
> MfG, JBG

Hi, Jan--

Thank you. That explains it perfectly :)

All My Best,

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