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nice ssh username@remoteservername "tar cjf - -C /from/basedir/ dirtocopy" | tar xjvf - -C /to/dir/ ; sleep 120 ; shutdown -P now

Copy the remote directory dirtocopy from the remote server to dir of local machine. Transfer the contents using bzip2 compression. When it's done (even if it fails) wait 120 seconds and power off the machine.

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You might not want to assume success there - a broken pipe could result in the system shutting down with an incomplete copy/backup.  Probably a good idea to replace the ;s with &&
Posted 2009-03-23 13:35:28

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