sean finney on 25 Apr 2006 06:24:27 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] rsync question

On Tue, Apr 25, 2006 at 12:32:57AM -0400, Doug Crompton wrote:
> My question - is this what one would normally expect when backing up to a
> remote system? I expect if these files needed to be recovered the numeric


> users/groups would recover to their proper names. Is there a problem here?
> How do others handle (or not handle) this?

i guess it depends on what you  mean by "problem".  there's no problem
for root to perform a backup/restore under these conditions, but you
may encounter non-existant or overlapping uid/gid pairs on other
systems which could have unintended consequences in a multiuser
environment (like unintentionally granting some users access to
certain unintended backup files), or in an environment where a
backup from one machine might later be used on another.  in either
of these two cases your only recourse would be to somehow keep the
uid's/gid's consistant, but that is probably not a major concern
given that you're probably not needing to worry about anything so
complicated to begin with.


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