rsyncing as root when root login is disabled?

Joe Ruby joeat303 at
Sun Sep 10 18:55:43 GMT 2006

I'm trying to do a simple rsync:

rsync -av admin at .

But a number of files in /backup are readable only by
root, and hence rsync gives these errors:

sync: send_files failed to open
"/backup/etc/mail/virtusertable.db": Permission denied

Since root login is disabled, I can't simple do
'root at'. I searched a bit and saw this:

rsync -av --rsync-path='sudo path'
admin at .

I tried it -- rsync asks for my password, but then
doesn't output anything after many minutes (after
which I kill it).

So, how can I rsync files from my remote server so all
the files are readable and the existing permissions
get preserved (e.g. not having to do 'chmod -R a+r


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