by Corey
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Sometimes, We need to transfer files between servers in the background and it is imperative to have a password. The solution is to use screen command to emulate a screen and make it running in the background.

$ screen   # [1]
$ rsync -avz hostname@XXX.XXX.XX.X:/data/path ./   # [2]
Enter your password:   # [3]

Press `control`+`A`   # [4]
Press `D`   # [5] 

Here, your job is running in the background. If you want to check the running job, type the commands below:

$ screen -ls   # Show screen sessions
$ screen -r [session you want to enter]   # Enter specific screen session
$ screen -X -S [session you want to kill] quit   # Kill specific screen session