Linux backup to Windows hard drive and restore using rsync?

Matt McCutchen hashproduct+rsync at
Wed Jul 12 00:01:29 GMT 2006

On 7/11/06, milutin at <milutin at> wrote:
> Will the following restore steps will end in viable Linux.
> 1) Install the same Linux OS from scratch on new clean partitions.
> 2) Rsync to restore the data form Windows so that is will overwrite the
> original files with out (if possible?) change the file permission and
> owner info.

I wouldn't count on it.  Files that rsync creates (because they were
on the backup but not the reinstalled system) will get permissions
according to the receiver's umask (022 by default), and that will be
wrong for enough files to cause trouble.

You should use another backup system that will save all of the Linux
metadata, such as tar or rdiff-backup.


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