I'm backing up a remote server to another computer using rsync.
In cron.daily I have a file with this:
rsync -avz -e ssh firstname.lastname@example.org:/ /mybackup/
It uses a public / private key pair to login. This seems to work well most of the time however, I've (foolishly) only ever really checked it by looking at the dates on some important files (MySQL dumps) that I know change every day. Obviously, an error could occur after that file.
Sometimes it fails. When I run it manually, something like "client reset" sometimes happens.
What is the best way to log it so that I can check with certainty if it completed or not? The cron log doesn't indicate any errors. I haven't tried it but the rsync man page on the oldish version of CentOS on the backup machine doesn't show the --log-file option. I guess I could redirect stdout with > but I don't really want to know about every file. I just want to know if it all worked or not..