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There is a reseller client with over 100domains under his account. He wants monthly backups done automatically each mont.

The question is, is there a way to backup automatically via cron (or a script manually) every account under his reseller, including his main domain? Can this be done without manually running pkgacct per 100+ domains?

I asked cpanel about this and tech responded with below:

** The file /etc/trueuserowners shows which reseller owns each account. It should be trivial for your system administrator to write a quick for-loop that parses through that file and runs "/scripts/pkgacct $USERNAME /path/to/backup" for each user. **

I don't know how to script such things, but if anyone here can help that would be great. Thanks.

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use this oneliner to generate the list of users under the reseller 'reseller'.

cat /etc/trueuserowners|grep reseller|cut -d: -f1 > list1.txt

Now list1.txt generated in your pwd contains the list of users under the reseller named 'reseller'. To backup the domains under the reseller to a path /backup, you can run the script:

for i in `cat list1.txt`;do /scripts/pkgacct $i /backup; done
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Additionally services like backupsetc.com can be used to have the accounts backed up in a remote location from where these can be downloaded and used. This is also fully automated and requires to only specify the server and accounts(s) to be backed up. –  Logic Wreck Dec 15 '14 at 15:43

Almost every script you could come up with will be a variant of running cPanel's package account script for every account. There are scripts which can automatically run that script and then will ftp that backup to a remote server, but unless the script is running as the root user on the server, the script is most likely going to need to use cpanel's tools.

If you have root access on the server, I would recommend using the built in WHM tools for making server wide backups.

If you don't have root access, WHMCS has built in tools to manage backups of your reseller account. So does WHMAP. If you are not using either of those as a reseller you might want to look into it, they make a lot of management tasks far easier.

Otherwise I would look at using a simple script like you can find here:


You will have to set it up for each account and you need to make sure that you don't run all 100 accounts at the same time, that would easily overload the server.

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