I'm getting the error mentioned in the title.
I found this similar question: Run rsync with root permission on remote machine. That doesn't answer my question.
I'm the admin on the remote server and I want to use
rsync to back up files to my local box. Here's my rsync command:
$ rsync -avz email@example.com:/var/www/ /backups/Sites/MySite/
It mostly works. Login is via a keypair. I don't and can't use a password (EDIT: to login via SSH). Just a few files won't transfer due to permissions. I don't want to change those permissions.
Here's the error:
receiving file list ... done rsync: send_files failed to open "/var/www/webapp/securestuff/install.php": Permission denied (13)
I do not want to change the permissions on that file. It (and others like it) should not be readable (except by root).
This has to run in a cron job and I prefer a simple one-line solution using only the rsync command. The next choice would be a shell script I can call from the cron job. In no case can I manually log into the remote machine and become root (because I'll be sleeping when this runs.
How can I use rsync to back it up to my local box?