rsync/mirroring permissions problem

Ruben de Groot mail25 at
Mon Oct 6 07:57:00 PDT 2003

On Mon, Oct 06, 2003 at 08:58:02AM -0500, Redmond Militante typed:
> hi all
> i'm trying to do a 'push' rsync operation to mirror the contents of my websites root directory on one machine over to a remote machine.  rsync is installed on both machines.  the command i'm using to rsync is
> rsync -e ssh -avz --exclude "/phpSysInfo" --exclude "/webalizer" --exclude "/phpMyAdmin" --delete --stats /usr/local/www/data-dist/ 
> this works, for the most part. the majority of files on the remote directory are sync'ed correctly after the operation.  the problem is - this websites root directory is owned by one user - webuser, who is a member of group - webuser.  various subdirectories inside of the websites root folder are owned by other users, who are also members of the 'webuser' group.  the files/folders in the websites root direcotry are chmod'ed 775.
> this causes problems with the rsync operation, as i'm rsync'ing as webuser:webuser.  i get errors during the rsync process such as
> failed to set permissions on studentwork/winter03old/war/images : Operation not permitted
> again, the majority of files sync correctly.  but can anyone recommend a good way around this?  i'm not able at this point to limit the websites root directory to only one user account...

There's only one way to do this: rsync as root. Only root can change 

> thanks
> redmond
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