November 17, 2023

Backup /etc/letsencrypt directory with rsync from remote server to local machine

$ mkdir letsencrypt_backup
$ cd letsencrypt_backup
$ rsync -chavP --stats root@redacted_IP_address:/etc/letsencrypt .

I found this rsync command online first, modified it and checked on the forum of Let’s Encrypt to see what other users thought. The feedback I got was to pass an option that preserves symlinks, so either -l, or -a which enables it.

Run man rsync to see what each option does.


I do self-funded research and I'm writing a book.

> What's the book about?

About technologies and agency.

Meaning, technologies can foster agency. No doubt. But I am also asking:

Can usage of technologies give us a sense of empowerment while in fact undermining our abilities?

I posted a summary of the prologue on the homepage:


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