rsync backup

Avi Greenbury avismailinglistaccount at
Mon Nov 23 12:55:14 UTC 2009

On Mon, 23 Nov 2009 05:39:11 -0700
"Karl F. Larsen" <klarsen1 at> wrote:
> 	Yes to the above except I am backing up to a HD in a plastic 
> box that connects to a USB port. I use root even though man 
> rsync says you do not need to. 

You need only use root privileges for rsync if other users don't have
permission to read from the source or write to the destination.

I'd guess you've mounted the USB drive such that it is only writeable
by root. You could reconfigure it such that it is writeable by other
user(s) if you wanted to.

I know this isn't solving any problems, but I wanted to clear up that
the requirement to run as root is not in rsync, and is most likely down
to the way you've mounted the destination volume.

Avi Greenbury ;)

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