rsyncing as root when root login is disabled?
lihicks at gpi.com
Tue Sep 12 12:39:40 GMT 2006
Joe Ruby wrote:
> I'm trying to do a simple rsync:
> rsync -av admin at mydomain.com:/backup .
> 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 mydomain.com'. I searched a bit and saw this:
> rsync -av --rsync-path='sudo path'
> admin at mydomain.com:/backup .
> 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
Perhaps what you have shown in your email is incomplete, but based on what you
have written, you have replaced the remote rsync with sudo. Instead you need to
invoke rsync using sudo by giving a command to sudo. You might be able to do
that using the --rsync-path argument like --rsync-path='<sudo path> rsync', I
have not tried it. Or you could write a wrapper. Google "rsync wrapper".
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