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On a dedicated server I've setup backup to run every week, the problem I'm facing is that the backup folder and all it's sub-folders are rwx------ and root as the owner, I'm planning to have some sync program download via ftp every week those backups and I want to have another ftp (must be not root) account that can access exlusively the backup dir.

Is it possible to have the permissions set up differently ? to let another user access and download those backups ?

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Edit the backup script and add a chown someone backup or chmod ? –  HBruijn Nov 27 '13 at 21:15
seems to be the only way ... thanks alot ! –  Kriss2 Nov 28 '13 at 10:18

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Create a dedicated user (or use an existing one), let say operator. Give that user read permission on your backup directory :

chgrp operator backup.dir ; chmod 750 backup.dir

Edit your script to give read permission to operator to the backup files :

chgrp operator backup.files ; chmod 640 backup.files

then connect to the FTP server with that user.

Note that FTP is not a secure way to transfer files...

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