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Can I run tomcat as ec2-user? The issue is: I need to rsync some sub-folders of webapps folder between 2 ec2 instances. The rsync works for all folders owned by "ec2-user" but for the webapps sub-folders (whose owner is 'tomcat'), rsync fails with permission denied. Any suggestions please?

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You could run rsync with sudo. ec2-user has sudo-without-a-password permissions.

i.e. sudo rsync yourdir rsync://host/dst

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