3. Data Transfer¶
3.2. Can I copy files between Hydra and VUB’s OneDrive directly?¶
You can copy files between Hydra and the VUB OneDrive directly, using the third-party sync app Onedrive Client for Linux. This avoids copying the files to/from your local computer as an intermediate step.
Hydra and OneDrive use different filesystems which are not 100% compatible:
OneDrive does not discrimintate capitalization in file names. Avoid having two files in the same folder that only differ in the capitalization.
OneDrive does not allow filenames that contain any of the characters
\/:*?""<>|. Files that contain any of these characters will not be synced.
3.2.2. Synchronize with personal OneDrive¶
Create a directory that will be synced with your OneDrive.
The following command creates the sync directory
$HOMEas it is small).
mkdir -p $VSC_DATA/onedrive/hydra-sync
Create the configuration file
The following commands generate the config file. The entry
sync_diris mandatory and points to the parent directory of the sync directory. Also, we recommend to skip syncing symlinks and dotfiles (files that start with a dot) by default to avoid unexpected data transfers unless you know that you need those.
config=~/.config/onedrive/config echo sync_dir = \"$VSC_DATA/onedrive\" > $config echo 'skip_symlinks = "true"' >> $config echo 'skip_dotfiles = "true"' >> $config
Create the sync_list file
The following command adds the sync directory
hydra-syncto the sync_list file. This ensures that only data inside the sync directory is synced.
echo hydra-sync > ~/.config/onedrive/sync_list
Check if the OneDrive client has been configured correctly.
onedrive --resync --synchronize --verbose --dry-run
If the dry-run succeeded, re-run the above command but remove the
--dry-runoption to do the real sync.
onedrive --resync --synchronize --verbose
If the sync is successful, the sync directory (here:
hydra-sync) should show up under
My filesin your VUB OneDrive.
For subsequent synchronizations, remove also the
--resyncoption to avoid any further full synchronization. A resync is only needed after modifying the configuration or
onedrive --synchronize --verbose
3.3. Can I copy files between Hydra and VUB’s ownCloud directly?¶
You can indeed copy files between Hydra and the ownCloud of VUB directly. This avoids copying the files to/from your local computer as an intermediate step.
davix tool communicates with the ownCloud server via the WebDAV protocol.
For security reasons, you should never use your netID password. Instead, generate a dedicated App password for
davix in the ownCloud web interface:
Go to your personal
In the sidebar, click on
Under the heading
App passwords / tokens, type
Create new app passcode
Copy the generated password and save it in a secure place. This password should always be used with davix
davix to copy files between Hydra and ownCloud:
davix-get https://owncloud.vub.ac.be/remote.php/webdav/my_awesome_text.txt my_awesome_text.txt --userlogin <netID> --userpass <passwd>
davix-put my_awesome_text.txt https://owncloud.vub.ac.be/remote.php/webdav/my_awesome_text.txt --userlogin <netID> --userpass <passwd>
davix-put mydir https://owncloud.vub.ac.be/remote.php/webdav/mydir --userlogin <netID> --userpass <passwd> -r 4
The davix documentation.
3.4. How can I transfer data to/from Hydra with Globus?¶
Hydra is already available in Globus with its own collection. The name of Hydra’s collection is VSC VUB Tier2. Please follow the steps below to add Hydra to your Globus account
Install and configure Globus Personal Connect in your local computer following VSC Docs: Globus
Open Globus and select the File Manager in the left panel
Write VSC VUB Tier2 in the Collections field and select it
At this point, the storage of Hydra will open and you can navigate it within Globus. Only data in your
$VSC_SCRATCHwill be accessible
Path to your VSC_SCRATCH:
Path to your VSC_DATA:
Create bookmarks in Globus to easily access your data in Hydra
3.5. How can I automate the transfer of data to/from Hydra?¶
Automatic (scripted) data transfer between Hydra and external SSH servers can be safely done using
rsync in Hydra with a secure SSH connection without password. The authentication with the external server is done with a specific pair of keys not requiring any additional password or passphrase from the user. Once the passwordless SSH connection between Hydra and the external server is configured,
rsync can use it to transfer data between them.
The only caveat of this method is that anybody gaining access to your Hydra account will automatically gain access to your account in the external server as well. Therefore, it is very important that you use a user account in the external server that is exclusively used for sending/receiving files to/from Hydra and that has limited user rights.
The following steps show the easiest way to setup a secure connection without password to an external server:
Check the connection to the external server from Hydra: Login to Hydra and try to connect to the external server with a regular SSH connection using a password. If this step does not work, your server may not be reachable from Hydra and you should contact the administrators of the external server to make it accessible:
$ ssh <username>@<hostname.external.server>
Create a SSH key pair without passphrase: Login to Hydra and create a new pair of SSH keys that will be exclusively used for data transfers with external servers. The new keys have to be stored inside the
.sshfolder in your home directory. In the example below, the new key is called
id_filetransfer. Leave the passphrase field empty to avoid any password prompt on authentication:
$ ssh-keygen Generating public/private rsa key pair. Enter file in which to save the key (/your/home/.ssh/id_rsa): </your/home/.ssh/id_filetransfer> Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): Enter same passphrase again: Your identification has been saved in id_filetransfer. Your public key has been saved in id_filetransfer.pub. [...]
Transfer the keys to the external server: The new key created in Hydra without a passphrase has to be installed in the external server as well. In this step you will have to provide your password to connect to the external server:
$ ssh-copy-id -i ~/.ssh/id_filetransfer <username>@<hostname.external.server>
Configure the connection to the external server: The specific keys used in the connection with the external server can be defined in the file
~/.ssh/config. This avoids having to explicitly set the option
-i ~/.ssh/id_filetransferon every SSH connection. Add the following lines at the bottom of your
~/.ssh/configfile in Hydra (create the file if it does not exist):
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Host <hostname.external.server> User <username> IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_filetransfer
Check the passwordless connection: At this point it should be possible to connect from Hydra to the external server with the new keys and without any prompt for a password:
$ ssh <username>@<hostname.external.server>
Automatic copy of files: Once the passwordless SSH connection is properly configured,
rsyncwill automatically use it. You can execute the following commands in Hydra to either transfer data to the external server or from the external server:
$ rsync -av /path/to/source <username>@<hostname.external.server>:/path/to/destination
$ rsync -av <username>@<hostname.external.server>:/path/to/source /path/to/destination