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Re: [rdiff-backup-users] File ownership on a portable drive

From: Grant
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] File ownership on a portable drive
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2012 15:44:48 -0800

>>  > All the owner and group IDs (both the names and the numeric IDs) are
>>  > kept in the mirror_metadata files.  By default, rdiff-backup will try to
>>  > restore to the same owner and group _names_.  You can use the
>>  > "--preserve-numerical-ids" option to restore to the same numeric
>>  > UIDs/GIDs.
>> That's great.  Does the same sort of thing apply to file permissions?  If so, I
>> can mangle owners, groups, and permissions as badly as I want and they'll still
>> be perfectly preserved when I restore?
> Any writing to the mirror other than by rdiff-backup itself is highly
> discouraged, but all of the metadata (ownership, permissions, ACLs, ...)
> is stored separately from the mirror and should restore correctly. All
> bets are off, though, if you add, delete, or change the contents of any
> file there.

Can I have the correct ownership and permissions re-applied to the mirror?

- Grant

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