getting rid of "permission denied" partial transfer errors

jw schultz jw at
Tue Dec 23 08:25:12 EST 2003

On Mon, Dec 22, 2003 at 10:14:05PM +0100, Sayan wrote:
> Ron DuFresne wrote:
> >sure avoid all perm/user issues by making the whole server suid.  seen 
> >kids do that when they tired of having to su - root on their linux systems.
> >
> this command is only one line extracted from a script. Syncing of other 
> files require root privileges one the server side, eg squid logs.
> >The alternative would be to enable ssh for root for those particular 
> >cron jobs <make sure the sshd_config is edited to disable this mischeif 
> >after the job has run> and send and recieve as root on both ends, and 
> >set the proper rsync switch to retain onwers/perms .
> >
> i have tried to refrain from being root on both systems. ;-)
> The backup machine is quite paranoid, access is restricted by firewall 
> filtering of the MAC/IP pairs. It would be quite disappointing to allow 
> remote root access.
> I am having trouble with user/group matching, too, as a consequence.

It is good for a backup server to be paranoid.  That is why
dirvish pulls.  It is much harder to be secure and push.

> -- 
> Sayan
> >>I am currently setting up a backup script for the /home directory of a 
> >>server. I send all the files on a remote machine through LAN 
> >>connection using rsync to optimize bandwidth usage.
> >>
> >>The script is run as root on the server by a cron job but rsync 
> >>connects to the remote machine as a normal user via an ssh key 
> >>certificate. This leads to many "permission denied" errors, as the 
> >>server side can read files (as root), but cannot create them on the 
> >>receiving side.
> >>
> >>rsync -azSHe ssh --delete --numeric-ids /home backup at backup:/mnt/backup/
> >>
> >>Is there an option to ignore only such errors? I have read the man 
> >>page over and over but i could not find anything to suit my needs.
> >>
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