How to shrink a Digital Ocean droplet

How to shrink a DigitalOcean droplet onto a smaller disk option:

Spin up a new droplet

install rsync and...

rsync -aAXvP --exclude={/boot/,/dev/,/etc/fstab,/etc/modprobe*,/etc/modules/,/lost+found/,/etc/mtab,/etc/network*,/etc/sysconfig/ip*,/etc/sysconfig/kernel,/etc/sysconfig/network*,/lib/modules/,/media/,/mnt/,/proc/,/run/,/sys/,/tmp/,/var/lib/lxcfs/,/var/lock/} root@LIVESERVER:/ /

Reboot the server and away you go. Not battle-tested - please take snapshots/backups as you go!



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