Ubuntu :: Use Rsync To Backup Home Directories To A Nas?

Apr 14, 2010

I'm hoping somebody can find something here that I haven't. I'm trying to use rsync to backup home directories to a nas. First, I NFS mounted the nas and ran an rsync and everything worked out fine. the transfer completed after a few hours and everyting was transferred (lots of stuff!). I then decided that I don't want to leave the nas mounted all the time and I didn't want to automate mounting and unmounting of the nas as I didn't think I could produce a script that would work reliably enough. So I decided to start an rsync daemon on the nas and upgrade via that. I run the following command (results are included. the ^C is me killing it after it hangs).

ryan@server:/etc/backup$ sudo rsync -ax --stats --progress --delete /data root@
root@'s password:
sending incremental file list
data/home/user/Documents/The File.wmv


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Mar 4, 2010

I'm creating a backup scheme with rsync.

It is pretty clear not to include these:


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Oct 14, 2010

I went ahead and created this directory

mkdir /tmp/rsync-backup

and, ran this

rsync av /home /tmp/rsync-backup

this is the result

rsync: link_stat "/av" failed: No such file or directory (2)
skipping directory home
rsync error: some files/attrs were not transferred (see previous errors) (code 23) at main.c(1060) [sender=3.0.7]

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Jan 20, 2010

Is it possible to restrict users to their home directories and allow admins to have different home directories? Essentially I want users to have a folder in /var/www/html/$USER and admins to have either unrestricted access or have their root directory be ./ or /www or /etc. I have is set now so users have access to thier home direcotry but I need to upload web files as admin.

So far I have created:


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Dec 19, 2009

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Jan 13, 2010

write a bash script that will execute these commands one-by-one?

rsync -av /home/hope/Desktop /media/HOPE
rsync -av /home/hope/Music /media/HOPE
rsync -av /home/hope/Pictures /media/HOPE
rsync -av /home/hope/Videos /media/HOPE

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Jun 19, 2010

Is there anything special about a home directory before users' home directories are stored there, or is just as typical as any other "empty" folder?Let me just cut to the chase, but please no ear ringing about the folly of messing around as root, particularly with directories at root level. I know it's considered stupidity, but I deleted my home directory.

Is there an easy way to restore a working home directory? I tried copying /etc/skel under root, but I'm not sure what a home directory should look like once it has been restored. Besides . & .., there were .screenrc & .xsession in my home directory when I copied /etc/skel. Are these files suppose to be in "/home" or "/home/~" or both?

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May 18, 2010

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Feb 2, 2011

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General :: Sync Two Directories Using Rsync?

Dec 24, 2010

I try to sync two directories using rsync.

the source is on Linux, and the other is on windows.

So, I mount the directory on windows using the command mount -t cifs . in Linux system.

Then I execute rsync ....

Everything is OK, but rsync prints out

rsync: chown "/mnt/windows/A/." failed: Permission denied (13)
rsync: chown "/mnt/windows/A/readme.txt" failed: Permission denied (13)

I want to sync the directories without changing ownership.

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Jan 23, 2011

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Ubuntu :: Rsync Creating Wrong Permissions For Directories?

May 1, 2010

I try to use rsync for backing up some directories and I have to following problem: some files have permissions that prevent me from running rsync under my own user id. So I run it under root using the option "-a" which according to the man page should preserve the permissions, owner and group information:

However, when I run this under root, the directories created in the backup location get user root and group root while ordinary files keep the original user and group. What am I missing here? How can I get rsync to preserve the user and groups for all files, including directories?

Here is a command to illustrate my problem
sudo rsync -a /home/youruser /tmp

If you try that and terminate with Ctrl-C after a few seconds, there will be a directory /tmp/youruser where the directories contained within are owned by root group root.

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Aug 22, 2010

Is there a way for me to rsync two directories comparing only filenames (and not file size, date modified, or any other criteria)?

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Jul 14, 2010

I have two linux box that i would like to keep in sync. I see option -avz syncs the remote with local but new local files are not pushed.

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Mar 2, 2010

I saw in a magazine reference to using rsync to have identical copies of folders. This looks like something I could find useful as I have a large number of items in need of safe backup.

I have the folders on an old system on a home network and would like to copy these over to a USB Hard Drive.

Currently the folders reside on SFTP xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx and I wish to sync them to a USB port on my laptop.

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Aug 2, 2010

I have a samba share to a windows 7 computer I do not know if I will be able to use backintime or not so I want to know how to have rsync do my backup.I read the man but I'm not sure if I understand the it.on same computer different hard drive to run every hour in a script. Leanne is windows 7 share and backup is the other hard drive in the computer rsync -arvRzEP /media/leanne /media/backup.

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Mar 28, 2011

recently i made a backup of my home directory in 10.10 before reinstalling 10.10. again.This time I chose to manually define the partitions (50GB Root, 25GB Swap, 325GB Home)Now i wish to migrate the old home into the newly installed home, which is on a separate partition.I have found the following documentation URL...Still, as a beginner I am not quite sure about the necessary steps to perform.As the new home is located on a separate partition is it possible to simple delete all directories there and copy all directories from old home to new home with rsync?

Do I have to install all the software that corresponds to the old home first followed by migrating home or first migrating home followed by installing the software such as thunderbird, Texlive2010 etc.Guess that migration should take place at a later stage. Otherwise my old profile files from firefox and thunderbird will be overwriten by new ones?

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Ubuntu :: Permissions With Rsync On Backup

Jun 18, 2010

I'm trying to learn how rsync works to backup my system. I tried:
rsync -azvv /home /media/Elements
I get a folder called home on my external hard drive but when I use ls -l to see the permissions they are all wrong.
On my /home folder the permissions for /nathan are
drwxr-xr-x 48 nathan nathan
The permissions on the backup /nathan folder are
drwx------ 1 nathan nathan

I also tried using the long version of -a which is -rlptgoD and that didn't work either. What do the 48 and 1 mean when I used ls -l? When I look in the /nathan folder the permissions are all screwed up too. A lot of the files are backed up as executable and the permissions are all screwed up. I also ran it with sudo, and that didn't work either. The permissions were still screwed up and ownership is messed up too.

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Jul 20, 2010

This should be a quick one. I'm trying to backup a single directory and it's subdirectories on my Lucid Server to a freenas box across my network. This is what I'm using to do that rsync -r -a -v -z * --delete freenas: DSIBackups..It almost works perfectly except for one problem. When a file is deleted at the source, this command doesn't seem to delete it on the receiving end. I assumed that the --delete would do that but aparently not.

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Ubuntu :: Rsync Like Incremental Backup

Oct 20, 2010

when rsync is finished the update, or in the meantime - i need to move the updated files to a different location - like date +%Y%m%d something or what ..the reason is, because of the development, i need the modified files, but all of them, not just the last one - so i have to store them daily, but i dont want to store the whole dir - just that few files which are updated does it make sense?

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May 31, 2010

well, i know ther are issues when using rsync to copy files to ntfs partition like file permission blah blah. the thing is, i need to backup my music files periodically onto a ntfs partition from ext4. i really dont care about file permissions or any other stuff. when i use rsync, it should update the mp3 files on my ntfs (external) disc with the new ones.can i give a go with this operation? i have lot more important files on the external disc and i dont want this rsync corrupt or delete those files coz they are highly important files.

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Ubuntu Servers :: RSYNC With Archive Backup

Sep 15, 2010

I have a Linux host acting as an ISCSI server for a Windows box. I want to keep an off site backup, so I figure rsync will keep the ISCSI server synced with an offsite Linux host. I understand that Rsync does block level incremental transfer to conserve bandwidth ok, awesome.The trick is, that I also want an archival copy kept. Say I want to go back to a revision of a file from 10 days ago, I need to be able to do that.

I was planning on using Backup Exec, since we currently have a licensed copy. Throw the archives from Backup Exec onto the ISCSI server as well, and have it keep a rotating 30 day backup, or something like that. The issue I see here is that this will be creating a deleting files as it does its daily backup rotation. I'm guessing RSYNC will see these as new files, and likely retransmit everything on a daily basis. The question then becomes, is this assumption correct, or will it still know to do a block level incremental transfer even when file names and such are changing?

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Ubuntu :: RSYNC Error - Backup Failed

Jan 29, 2011

Our backup script was working fine (ssh to the server, back up /home to a second hard drive on my computer). Then right after an ubuntu update, it quit working. I investigated and found that "something" had changed the label on the backup hdd to what looked like gibberish to me. But the script identified the backup hdd by its uuid, which didn't change. Yet, here is the error I get when the backup fails: receiving file list ... done [took about 5 seconds] rsync: mkdir "/media/14D9-3B1F/server-backup" failed: No such file or directory (2) rsync error: error in file IO (code 11) at main.c(594) [receiver=3.0.6]

Note that the backup hdd IS mounted, uuid is correct, and the folder 'server-backup' DOES exist. Does anyone have a clue for me? I'm moderately experienced in Linux and ubuntu. Our server runs centos 5. And as stated, the backup ran fine for several weeks. I think there was a new linux kernel on that update, but at this point a while later I don't know which one. Current kernel is .2.6.31-22-generic.

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Ubuntu Servers :: Any Way To Encrypt Backup Using Rsync

Feb 4, 2011

I support a small business which has an Ubuntu server running as a file server. The server is running Ubuntu 10.4. There is one hard drive which is mounted as /media/hdd. Each night this is backed up to an external USB hard drive mounted as /media/backup. The backup is carried out using the command:

rsync -av /media/hdd/ /media/backup/

Is there a way to encrypt this back-up so that if the USB hard drive is plugged into another machine it cannot be read?

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Jul 30, 2011

i am trying to keep a backup of my root on a second partition using rsync.

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Debian :: Backup Server With Rsync And Ssh

Jan 18, 2016

I switched last summer from Windows (used it since Windows 95) to Debian. I'm using Debian Jessie for a couple of months now and I'm getting used a little.

There are problems here and there, but I can solved them with some reading on the web. Not really a big problem...till now

I run Debian 8.2 om my PC (PC1). Bought an older PC (PC2) that I want to use as a backup server.

I'm using PC2 only for making backups, after the backup I switch it off again.

So I installed Debian 8.2 (net-install without DE and with SSH) on PC2 and tried to configure it to let it work as my backup location. Made a public SSH key and exported it to the root account (no problem) and to the user account (sensdeb), but there was an error "Access Denied"

Gave the user (sensdeb) sudo-rights via visudo file

# User privilege specification
sensdeb ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL

I installed rsync.

The problem is that Rsync only works when I use the root account.

Code: Select allrsync -r -n -t -v --progress --delete -u -l -H -s /media/Data/Mp3/Anastacia root@

When I try to sync with he normal user account sensdeb

Code: Select allrsync -r -n -t -v --progress --delete -u -l -H -s /media/Data/Mp3/Anastacia sensdeb@

I get error's. Access Denied

I don know how to give the user sensdeb the rights so that I can use that account for my backup tasks. Now it's possible to sync with the root account, but that should not be the way to do it, I read many times.

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Mar 14, 2011

had some 'files disappearing' probs for rsync after upgrade to openSuSE 11.4 - solution seems to be to add :


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Feb 27, 2011

I want to save a backup of my data on a remote server, but never want the backup server to see the data unencrypted. Editing a single file and backing up should not result in everything being encrypted and sent again. The remote server should preferably not even know the directory structure (and especially not the directory names).

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General :: Three Stage Backup With Rsync?

Jul 13, 2010

I've been trying to make a three stage backup with stage 0 being a full monthly back up, stage 1 being a weekly backup, and stage 2 being a daily backup. I've been trying very hard to use rsync for this but sorting files by date is proving to be problematic. Sometimes it seems to work from the command line directly, but the same command causes errors and warnings from a script while entirely failing to sort the correct files.

The common example I see for this involves commands like this:

rsync -Rav `find /home/ -ctime -7 -print` /path/to/home_backup The problem seems to be that since the user directories in /home contain files that have been altered within the time frame specified the whole directory is matched first which means that the whole directory is recursively archived as opposed to just the changed files.

I've also seen examples using the --files-from tag using the same find parameters and this one seems to ALMOST work but gives me strange warnings and fails to run at all when launched from a script.

Many of the things I've googled about using rsync to backup stuff by the date modified involves a rather snarky "You're missing the point of rsync!" to which I respond by yelling at my computer monitor followed by "JUST TELL ME WHAT I NEED TO KNOW!" I understand that rsync is meant to take care of incremental backups on it's own, that's why I want to use it specifically for a traditional 3 stage backup scheme.

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Jul 11, 2010

To copy from production to standby over the internet I use a cron job doing rsync -avze 'ssh -p 8022' --exclude-from= ....

My question is: should the cron job run on the production or the standby system. Root access to the remote system is given by a pass phrase-less ssh key. Currently I run rsync on the production system. I guess that it is more secure because the standby needs no ssh login to production. Running rsync on the standby would use less resources on production. I am concerned that in this case there would be pass phrase-less access from standby to production.

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