users, question:

I never played around with my TRAMP configuration and always used /ssh: with x-f and just Dired to the host.

I want to download folders of flac files to work (large files, each one is around 20MB).

I understand I can simply use /scp: instead of /ssh: and it works just the same.

a. Is this correct or it's not considered good practice in Emacs, and why?
b. Is there a built-in option to automatically configure it to switch to scp when I try to transfer?


@jrss I know nothing about emacs, but the best way I know to do what you want is rsync, something like

rsync -av me@remote:/path/to/dir ~/myflacs

There just happens to be an Emacs plugin that adds rsync support to dired!

@erkin @hopeless actually, @erkin , I owe you an apology:

"This is useful, especially for large files, because the copy happens in the background and doesn’t lock up Emacs. It is also more efficient than using tramps own encoding methods for moving data between systems."

having emacs hang is another annoying thing that happens when I copy files. I think I'll try it out. Sorry for jumping the gun on rsync.

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