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RSync backup issue

On Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 03:14:15PM -0500, Chris O'Connell wrote:
> HI Everyone,
> I hate to post this in here, but I've been working on this for some time
> without a resolution.  My problem is that when this program is executed by
> the super user, I'm always prompted for a password when the RSYNC connection
> is trying to be made.  If I execute as non super user (ADMINISTRATOR), the
> archive is not created.
> Any thoughts about :
> A)  How I could either give the administrator permission to backup the /home
> folder
> or
> B)  Have the Rsync process know the password for the Administrator account
> so I'm not always prompted?

Your actual line seems to be:

rsync -e ssh -varuzP /backup/BACKUP-NEDS-LX-1-`date +%Y-%m-%d`.tar.gz administrator-Q0ErXNX1RuYmaKRe3I/nfg at

Here's what you need to do:

ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 2048 -C "administrator rsync key" -f admin.key

  Put in no passphrase.

  Edit to add this at the beginning of the first line:


  Change to the IP address of the machine you are working on.
  This is for security's sake. You may also want to append
  or a variant thereon.

ssh-copy-id -i

  That appends the key to administrator's ~/.ssh/authorized_keys   

And finally, change your line to:

rsync -e "ssh -i admin.key" -varuzP /backup/BACKUP-NEDS-LX-1-`date +%Y-%m-%d`.tar.gz administrator-Q0ErXNX1RuYmaKRe3I/nfg at

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