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I am trying to do a local rsync, from a mount point to a local folder. I need to set the owner, group, and permissions to specific settings. Here is what I am using:

 rsync -rtlv --chown=process:sambausers --chmod=D770,F770 /mnt/owncloud_mnt/Engineering/ /Drive_D/docs/Engineering_test

I end up with permissions 760 on both directories and files, and root:root on ownership (rsync is run as root).

What am I doing wrong?

TIA

  • Is the target filesystem something like NTFS, since it's "Drive_D"? – Sami Kuhmonen Aug 11 '16 at 20:22
  • target filesystem is ext4 – Roger Creasy Aug 11 '16 at 20:23
  • Does adding -p help? – Sami Kuhmonen Aug 11 '16 at 20:30
  • -p does make chmod on moved files work. I need to test to make sure it doesn't overwrite permissions on any existing files, though. Thanks. And, I still have the chown issue – Roger Creasy Aug 11 '16 at 20:41
  • For that you actually need -og I think – Sami Kuhmonen Aug 11 '16 at 20:44
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rsync needs to be told that you want to set the permissions and owner/group information. It would be logical to assume that having --chmod or --chown would tell that but they don't.

For permissions to propagate you need the --perms or -p flag and for owner/group you need --owner --group or -og flags for the owner/group/permission information to be set.

The documentation is a bit unclearly written so it isn't clear how the permissions are handled with different combinations or if existing files are affected.

  • its still unclear, because running as sudo, which im needing to do, the docs linux.die.net/man/1/rsync point out that you can only set the destination the same as the source. The problem is, i need to set it to what the logged user is, e.g. $(whoami) – Brian Thomas Jul 27 '18 at 17:04

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