Group Permissions?

Wayne Davison wayned at
Fri Jan 23 17:09:44 GMT 2004

On Fri, Jan 23, 2004 at 11:49:56AM -0500, donkey at wrote:
> Does this mean that rsync requires that the destination directory be
> owned by the user calling rsync and that it is not sufficient for the
> user to have write permissions to that directory?

It depends on what you're trying to do and what OS you're running.  If
you're just putting files into a directory, you don't need to own it.
However, changes to the directory information (such as a mode change)
requires that rsync have permissions to make the change, and that
typically means owning the directory (or being root).  Similar errors
could be reported for files when the content doesn't change (i.e. the
file isn't being recopied).  Keep in mind that you'd get the same kind
of error from "cp -p" if you don't own the file, so this is not an
rsync-specific thing.


More information about the rsync mailing list