Better handling of small file transfers

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Better handling of small file transfers

Transferring a bunch of small files in batch over FTP / SFTP is pretty awful. It doesn't appear to have to do with connection speed, it seems to be about the protocol overhead of transferring a single file. Is it possible to do something such as pipe the files through the 'tar' command or similar in order to transfer bulk groups of small files faster?

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Re: Better handling of small file transfers

I'm not aware or any such method. Using tar won't do, as you have no way to tar/untar files on the remote side.
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I don't imagine tar's format would be terribly complicated to implement directly, though... I mean, it doesn't even include any compression. Anyway, thanks; at least I know I wasn't missing something :)

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myndzi wrote:

I don't imagine tar's format would be terribly complicated to implement directly, though... I mean, it doesn't even include any compression. Anyway, thanks; at least I know I wasn't missing something :)
Again, how do you image WinSCP would untar the file on the remote server? That's not about implementing TAR format, that's about running a code on the server.

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