[K12OSN] automating rsync

Brian Chivers brian at portsmouth-college.ac.uk
Thu Nov 24 09:54:59 UTC 2005

Doug Simpson wrote:
> Is it possible to automate rsync so you can transfer files between 
> servers automatically? and have it auto-supply a password for the remote 
> end?
> Thanks
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I do this for backing up our various servers. I have one machine that is running Rsync as a daemon 
and the linux box's PUSH there updates to it. I then use autofs to mount shares on various windows 
machine and rsync these to the server, sort of pulling. Seems to work fine.

To do the passwordless bit have a look at this page as a start


But this page was what I used


Basically this is what you have to do

generate sshkeys on the machine you wish to rsync FROM

       ssh-keygen -t dsa -b 4096

       (just hit enter for all the questions)

       chmod 0644 ~/.ssh/id_dsa.pub

       copy ~/.ssh/id_dsa.pub to rsync server into /root/.ssh

       cat id_dsa.pub >> authorized_keys


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