rsync(1) -rltvz --no-o --no-g user@remotehost:/var/backup/
a fast, versatile, remote (and local) file-copying tool
-r, --recursive
       This tells rsync to copy directories recursively.  See also --dirs (-d).

       Beginning with rsync 3.0.0, the recursive algorithm used is now an incremental scan that uses much
       less memory than before and begins the transfer after the scanning of the  first  few  directories
       have  been  completed.   This  incremental scan only affects our recursion algorithm, and does not
       change a non-recursive transfer.  It is also only possible when both ends of the transfer  are  at
       least version 3.0.0.

       Some  options  require  rsync to know the full file list, so these options disable the incremental
       recursion  mode.   These  include:  --delete-before,   --delete-after,   --prune-empty-dirs,   and
       --delay-updates.   Because  of  this,  the  default  delete  mode when you specify --delete is now
       --delete-during when both ends of the connection are at least 3.0.0 (use --del or  --delete-during
       to  request this improved deletion mode explicitly).  See also the --delete-delay option that is a
       better choice than using --delete-after.

       Incremental recursion can be disabled using the --no-inc-recursive option or its shorter  --no-i-r
-l, --links
       When symlinks are encountered, recreate the symlink on the destination.
-t, --times
       This tells rsync to transfer modification times along with the files and update them on the remote
       system.   Note that if this option is not used, the optimization that excludes files that have not
       been modified cannot be effective; in other words, a missing -t or -a will cause the next transfer
       to  behave  as  if  it  used  -I,  causing  all files to be updated (though rsync’s delta-transfer
       algorithm will make the update fairly efficient if the files haven’t actually changed, you’re much
       better off using -t).
-v, --verbose
       This  option  increases  the amount of information you are given during the transfer.  By default,
       rsync works silently. A single -v will give you information about what files are being transferred
       and  a  brief summary at the end. Two -v options will give you information on what files are being
       skipped and slightly more information at the end. More than two -v options should only be used  if
       you are debugging rsync.

       Note that the names of the transferred files that are output are done using a default --out-format
       of "%n%L", which tells you just the name of the file and, if the item is a link, where it  points.
       At  the  single  -v  level  of  verbosity,  this  does not mention when a file gets its attributes
       changed.  If you ask for an itemized list  of  changed  attributes  (either  --itemize-changes  or
       adding  "%i"  to  the  --out-format  setting), the output (on the client) increases to mention all
       items that are changed in any way.  See the --out-format option for more details.
-z, --compress
       With  this  option, rsync compresses the file data as it is sent to the destination machine, which
       reduces the amount of data being transmitted -- something that is useful over a slow connection.

       Note that this option typically achieves better compression ratios than can be achieved by using a
       compressing  remote  shell  or  a compressing transport because it takes advantage of the implicit
       information in the matching data blocks that are not explicitly sent over the connection.

       See the --skip-compress option for the default list of file suffixes that will not be compressed.
Local:  rsync [OPTION...] SRC... [DEST]

Access via remote shell:
  Pull: rsync [OPTION...] [USER@]HOST:SRC... [DEST]
  Push: rsync [OPTION...] SRC... [USER@]HOST:DEST

Access via rsync daemon:
  Pull: rsync [OPTION...] [USER@]HOST::SRC... [DEST]
        rsync [OPTION...] rsync://[USER@]HOST[:PORT]/SRC... [DEST]
  Push: rsync [OPTION...] SRC... [USER@]HOST::DEST
        rsync [OPTION...] SRC... rsync://[USER@]HOST[:PORT]/DEST
source manpages: rsync