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In order to use "rsync" to synchronize data between a development server and a production server, I have to set PermitRootLogin on on the production server, then I can run "rsync -avhe ssh --delete --progress local/folder root@", to keep all files with ownership/permissions unchanged.

However, because of the security policy, I have to set "PermitRootLogin no" on the production server.

What would be a good way of dealing with this problem?


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Thanks for both answers! for now I end up pulling them from the development server. – user57409 Oct 18 '10 at 4:54

trigger your mirror on the production server to the development server.

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could you elaborate a bit more about this? thanks – user57409 Oct 17 '10 at 23:33
I think what he's saying is run rsync on the production server and have it pull from the development server, instead of the other way around. – DerfK Oct 17 '10 at 23:49
Yes - "PermitRootLogin no" everywhere and "rsync -avhe ssh --delete --progress someuser@devbox:/local/folder /home/www/folder/" as root on the production. (:s/to/from/g <karmawhore) – symcbean Oct 18 '10 at 12:36

create dedicated user for rsync and make it member of root group (GID 0 )

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