The other day I needed to copy a bunch of files between to servers in my home network. Because of the volume I wanted to copy the files without having to go through ssh’s encryption overhead. So I figured I could use netcat for the data transport.

To do that I wrote these short scripts.

Remote scripts

Copy these scripts on the remote server. Make sure they are executable.

  • Remote CLI
  • Remote Helper script

Local scripts

Copy these scripts on the local server. Make sure they are executable

  • Local CLI
  • Local Helpr Script


Usage is fairly straight forward, on the remote server enter the command:


This will make remote listen for new client connects. On the local server, enter the command:

./send -avzr --delete --stats SRC/ remote:DST

Actually, just use whatever rsync options you need to use. The send script will include the --rsh option to make sure the helper script gets executed.


Unfortunately the local helper script does not detect that the transfer has completed. The remote helper script would finish correctly and exit when the transfer is done.

You can simply press Ctrl+C to quit, or if you want to see any summary stats, I would kill the running cat command.


$ bg
[2]+ ./send -avzr --stats SRC localhost:DST &
$ pidof cat
$ kill 13143
$ Terminated

Number of files: 6 (reg: 5, dir: 1)
Number of created files: 0
Number of deleted files: 0
Number of regular files transferred: 0
Total file size: 5,869 bytes
Total transferred file size: 0 bytes
Literal data: 0 bytes
Matched data: 0 bytes
File list size: 0
File list generation time: 0.001 seconds
File list transfer time: 0.000 seconds
Total bytes sent: 202
Total bytes received: 17

sent 202 bytes  received 17 bytes  438.00 bytes/sec
total size is 5,869  speedup is 26.80
rsync error: syntax or usage error (code 1) at main.c(1189) [sender=3.1.3]