By default, rsync will start the sync of a particular file over again if the connection is lost. Use the –inplace option if the sync is getting hung up on a large file:
rsync -e 'ssh -p sshport' -av --inplace /source/ firstname.lastname@example.org:/dest/
Since the problem file is compressed, it does no good to use -avz, so we just used -av. In this particular example, we do not have the –delete option. This can be useful if you are doing multiple rsyncs: a full one, and more selective ones with just the smaller files. That is, you could move the large files away, and do a sync to get as many file in place for the restore as quickly as possible, but run a more complete sync in parallel. If the –delete option is used, then the big files will get deleted if they exist at the destination. Here is a command that uses compression and delete without the –inplace options:
rsync -e 'ssh -p sshport' --delete -avz --exclude "/ex/" email@example.com:/ /dst/
This command will sync up the root directory with the local /dst/ directory, use compression, and will delete files in the /dst/ directory that were not in the root of firstname.lastname@example.org. It excludes all files in the /ex/ directory.