The Linux Backup Server Understood

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Posted Mar 2, 2011


Author Carla Schroder gives step by step instructions on refining rsync and setting up passwordless authentication on Linux backup servers, in this article on Linux Planet. Schroder offers server admins advice on how to tell rsync which files to include or exclude, set up passwordless login on the backup server and also how to safely test everything.


A step-by-step guide on refining rsync and setting up password-less authentication.

"Mind your trailing slashes on the source directories. This trips up admins all the time. /home/carla/ means copy the contents of carla. /home/carla means copy the carla directory as well, so I would end up with /home/carla/carla/ on the backup server. The file must be made executable, so I like to use chmod 0700 backup_script, which limits read-write-execute permissions only to the file owner.”

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