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I have a primary server and a secondary server and I wish to copy files over from the primary to the secondary using rsync. I have mounted the primary disk onto the secondary using NFS and am copying data pertaining to multiple users at the primary server onto the secondary.

Is there any way I can do this without root privileges?

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If you want it to keep the user permissions for multiple users you need to run it as root. Even if the files are all readable a regular user account won't be able to set the owner properly.

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Would there be an alternative if I did not want to keep the user permissions? – eQuiNoX__ Feb 13 '13 at 7:31
If the files are all readable by the user you want to run rsync with, yes. You may need to use the --fake-super or --no-super arguments to rsync. – Grant Feb 13 '13 at 12:30

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