Rsync And Cron

May 5, 2009

I have a bit of a strange problem, I have an rsync command setup in the servers crontab and from the cron log it show it ran the command but the files don't copy to the backup server. If I take the rsync syntax and run it manually all the files copy across with no errors, but I can't figure out why the cronjob doesn't work properly.

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Jun 9, 2009

I made some data backup on one of the backup servers using rsync. How can I restore it to the new server now?

My account is ready on new vps and all I need is pull the data back from backup server to new vps account.

I used this command previously


rsync -avz -e ssh /home/user1

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Apr 9, 2009

i have two srevers one is Dedicated Server and the secound is for backup .

well , i login to the backup server and creat ftp account .

i wanna make the server save the weekly backup .

the backup path is /backup

the copmany of the backup server said "
To RSync your data to your backup server, type:
"rsync -av --progress -e ssh @"
this will put all the files in your home

i dont know how to use this command on the Dedicated Server .

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Anything Better Then Rsync

Aug 26, 2008

Is there anything better then rsync to replicate files (twice a day) on servers located in seperate datacenters?

Looking for more of a free to cheap solution though will also be interested in the higher end solutions later on.

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Mar 6, 2007

I search over the forum as many members recommend rsync over the backup option builit in cPanel/WHM. May I know why cPanel/WHM's is not recommended?

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Oct 4, 2007

Does rsync required to be installed on both servers for it to work? Can rsync work with ftp only on the remote server?

Can you guys list some typical rsync shell command to help me get started...

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Cpanel Or Rsync?

Dec 7, 2008

I am using BQbackup to auto backup my CPanel VPS and was wondering whether it is best to use CPanel's own backup service which automatically backs-up the vps daily or should I use the rsync script that bqbackup provides?

Which is easier to restore and more reliable?

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Apr 12, 2009

Looking for an RSYNC tutorial, something that focuses on backing http data, exporting the databases then transferring offsite to a receiving rsync server once a week.

Something that's understandable and logical would be great, happy to work through over the next week and continue more in depth with it.

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Rsync Instructions

Aug 2, 2006

I have been trying to setup rsync on my server and following these instructions

The problem is I keep getting errors.

On this step,

ssh-keygen -t rsa -N

I edited it and did ssh-keygen -t rsa --N becauseI got an error saying it need the '--' before the N.

So after getting through that part, I got these questions asked

Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase):
Enter same passphrase again:
Your identification has been saved in /root/.ssh/id_rsa.
Your public key has been saved in /root/.ssh/
The key fingerprint is:

I left the passphrase empty, and then when it asked where to save to, I just typed in 'rsa'. Then it gave me some fingerprint.

Then I get to the step,

# scp ~/.ssh/
# ssh mergekeys

But I get errors saying

-bash: cat~/.ssh/ No such file or directory

I dont get what I'm doing wrong. If somebody doesnt mind, can you please re-write the steps on getting this working, or maybe tell me where I am going wrong if the tutorial is correct?

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Update Rsync

Feb 13, 2007

Current, 2.6.3 came with my centos 4.4 cpanel server, I tried updating it to latest 2.6.9. However, when I type "rsync" it's pointing to 2.6.3 How can I remove the old version or reinstall over it?

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Second Time To Run Rsync?

Jul 8, 2007

one day later, if I run the following command again, the command is same as the one run by the first time.

rsync -avz username@IP:/home/asite/public_html/ /home/asite/public_html/

does it mean rsync will just check and copy the newer folders and files from the last copy?

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Rsync And Passphrase

Apr 25, 2009

I'm trying to configure rsync to backup my vps data to an rsync backup provider.

The problem that I am having is that each time I try to run rsync it prompts for the passphrase.

I did some reading and it seems (and maybe this is not correct), that in order to do unattended rsync (e.g. using cron), that you need to use a key that doesn't have a passphrase generated.

If this is the case, is it true that it's not a good idea to use a key that doesn't have a passphrase?

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May 15, 2009

I got one of those cheap $10 servers from hostmds to use to backup my vps.

Know I just need to know how do I setup rsync to backup my vps nightly? Any links to good guides to do this would be great. I looked on google, but am hoping someobody knows a guide that is simple to follow.

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Rsync Setup

Jul 17, 2009

I am in the process of setting up a cronjob so I can run rsync automatically every day.
But I want to know is it ok to exclude the following folders?

/home/src/ <!--- This folder I made to put files in before I install

As from what I understand cPanel/WHM makes these folders, and there no user data in these folders

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Rsync Copy

Apr 7, 2009

I have wrote a small script which copies file names which has name as *default* from backup to users main folder. It works fine with one folder but doesn't copy files from sub-folders.

it works with all the sub-folders as well?

HTML Code:

for i in $(ls /var/cpanel/users)

rsync -vrplogDtH /backup/cpbackup/weekly/$i/homedir/public_html/*default* /home/$i/public_html

chown -R $i.$i /home/$i/public_html/*default*


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Oct 28, 2008

FTP backups, doing RSYNC what is needed?

I have a linux box with pure-ftpd as FTP backup server. However, we want to explore/expand to RSYNC now.

Is there a package that allows RSYNC to be used for FTP users?

This is basically like what do FTP services like BQbackup use to allow RSYNC, etc.

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Rsync Between Two Different Server

Aug 8, 2008

i have two differnt server at two differnt datacenters,with same contant,runing under subdomain eg main domain is and subdomain is both are same site,i used this to reduce server load and share request,but the problem iam haveing when update any stuff i need to update on both server it bit diffcult any way to update contant via rsync between the two servers?

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Jan 17, 2008

I have two folders:


how do I go about making /misc-backup a mirror of /misc correctly?

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Apr 7, 2008

I just signed up with Rsync Palace for remote backups 2 days ago. Otto and Darin at Rsync Palace gladly helped me out and actually ended up setting me up for free. It's really an inexpensive price to pay for a little additional piece of mind to have a remote backup.

I have a VPS with cPanel that has NAS on a private network. The way they set it up was for Cpanel cron job to create backups of my VPS and place the backups in a /backup folder off root; Daily, Weekly and Monthly.

Then they have Rsync via cron set up to take those backups to the remote Rsync Palace server daily.

I still want to maintain backups on my NAS in the datacenter. (cPanel will only backup remotely or locally, but not both.)

In addition to Rsync securely transferring my data to Rsync Palace for offsite backups... How can I set up Rsync to ftp the same /backup data across the private network to the NAS? (Only ftp is available via the NAS.)

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Jul 28, 2008

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Is there a way for me to download the backup files from to my PC? I am using Win XP Pro. I backup the entire VPS, but I want to be downloading only the changes made each day after the initial download to my PC.

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Nov 6, 2008

I'm running rsync in cron jobs. is there a way to be notified via email when the job is done plus the log? I'd really like to know how long it's taking to complete and whether it's running properly or not.

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Jan 6, 2008

I am trying to recover some backups on the server by rsync the home dir from BQbackup to my server. I deleted 1 file to see whether it actually works. I executing this command on the server:

rsync -avz -e ssh /home

I saw that it downloaded the file I deleted, however after checking on FTP if the file was recovered it actually wasn't. Is there something wrong in the command I used as it seems that it is not recovering any files.

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Sep 16, 2007

I type rsync and after the man page, it says

rsync error: syntax or usage error (code 1) at main.c(1073)

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Nov 10, 2007

I am setting up a mirror server to kick on in the event my main server fails and I need some help with syncing the two.

It is my understanding I can use rsync to mirror the two. But, will that cover everything (ie. database, mail, etc) or only files?

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Mar 14, 2007

im trying to setup rsync to mirror my FreeBSD box to my CentOS box.

I have rsync moving everything in /etc/, /usr/, /home/. The rsync daemon is hard to get running on CentOS (need to make startup scripts and all) so I was wondering if I can just make a user on the centOS box for rsync:rsync and transfer it as root fromt he freeBSD box to the centOS box using ssh keys. Can I do this?

Someone said this won't be possible because rsync:rsync will not be able to read the files owned by root:wheel. Is this true?

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Apr 13, 2007

I am using rsync to database and i found out it corrupted my database. I should have used mysql dump before backing up the data..The problem with taking mysql dump each is that it takes a long time and resources as database is around 10 GB

if i want to take backups every 4 hour, whats the best way as mysql dump causes server load problem

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Jul 29, 2009

I am wanting to setup rsync to always login, so I don't want to use keys. Is it possible to put the password in the rsync command leave.

If so how do I do this?

Or do I have to use: --password-file=/path/to/password/file

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Jul 25, 2007

I am using rsync to transfer files (tar.gz) between servers. However, it makes server load increasing 3-4. Normally, server load can be around 1, but when doing the transfer, it can go up to 5+

Is there anyway to reduce the load when doing rsync?

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Jun 29, 2007

WHM Whats Time Did The Bakcups?I Setup Yesterday Rsync Backups(daily,weekly,monthly-Everyday so) but until now havent backup anything.

Is there a way to force the backup?

Also,I have a script but when i go to run it via shell,it shows:

bad interpreter: No such file or directory

The only way I find to backup(whole server) it was by the command:

rsync -avz --exclude=/proc -e ssh / yourusername@host:dir

but I want to backup via WHM(home dirs + sql) so to be the restore easy.

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May 3, 2008

Backing up a server is obviously very important. Lets say I do a daily rSync backup and eventually my server HDD crashes, I know it isn't just a 'one click' job to restore my backup but what is it necessary to do in order to carry out a complete and effective restore back to how it was?

A step-by-step 'tutorial' on restoring an rSync backup would be helpful not just to me but to many 'would-be' server administrators.

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