rsync backup permissions

Matthew Monaco dgbaley27 at
Fri Oct 10 22:43:37 GMT 2008

So would the receiving end need to be running in daemon mode?  There
would be no way to set the proper ownership if it isn't?

Matt McCutchen wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-10-09 at 14:38 +0100, michael wrote:
>> On Thu, 2008-10-09 at 14:17 +0100, michael wrote:
>>> I wish to use rsync to backup users' home dirs from machineA (Debian) to
>>> machineB (Fedora). I have a script, say, in my own home dir
>>> and linked to from /etc/cron.daily and have set up the ssh keys so
>>> root at machineA can rsync to localUser at machineB. In testing the script is
>>> run and files are transferred. However, they are owned by localUser (of
>>> machineB) not of each user on machineA.
>> I should add that I've also tried these flags:
>>   rsync --super -o -g --perms -z --partial -v --recursive --stats
>> --times --links --exclude-from=${LOCAL_DIR}/.rsync-EXCLUDE
>> --timeout=1800 ${LOCAL_DIR} ${REMOTE_LOGIN}:${REMOTE_DIR}
>> but get errors such as 
>> rsync: chown <remoteDrive>/<username>/<file> failed: Operation not
>> permitted (1)
> -o is the option you want, but the receiving rsync needs to run as root
> to be able to set the file ownership.  Alternatively, you could use
> --fake-super, which does not set the real ownership but saves the
> ownership data in an extended attribute from which a later rsync run can
> retrieve it.
> Matt

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