Using sudo on a remote sync session

Hey guys,

Quick one that helps when wanting to copy files over owned by root via rsync.

On the target machine

sudo vi /etc/sudoers

Append the following line the bottom of the file. Replace ‘dev’ with the user.

dev ALL= NOPASSWD:/usr/bin/rsync

Run rsync with --rsync-path

rsync -av -e "ssh" --rsync-path="sudo rsync" /source/ dev@target:/foo/

Pro Tip Monitor traffic with nettop -m tcp and look at the SSH processes


03 Apr 2013