automated Rsync to remote host, preserve owner

Matt McCutchen matt at
Thu Sep 25 22:33:54 GMT 2008

On Thu, 2008-09-25 at 14:58 -0600, RAY wrote:
> I'm trying to set up a backup server using rsync. 
> I would prefer to push data from one server to another, automated through a 
> cron job. It is quite important to preserve the owner/group and permissions.
> google and the archives haven't gotten me very far.
> the two servers each have a seperate IP address, but they also have access to 
> the same private, trusted LAN.
> I'm having trouble figuring out how to set this up. 
> Each server is freebsd 7.0
> I haven't quit figured this out, but this is what I think so far:
> setup rsync daemon using inetd on the receiving end so that it only listens on 
> 192.168.*.*.  Set uid and gid to root  in rsyncd.conf
> and then on the sending end issue the command (through cron)
> rsync -arlpogtUH --delete-delay --password-file /path/to/pass  /path/to/files 
> user at

Check the examples at the top of the man page.  You need a double colon
to access an rsync daemon; a single colon indicates a remote shell.


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