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Why root?
Authored by: name99 on Mar 07, '06 08:17:37AM

Have you ever actually used rsync?
If one uses rsync for nightly backups, then a tar solution is completely useless --- the rsync solution will copy over maybe 2 or 3 MB and take 15 minutes, the tar solution will copy over 50GB and take 4 hours.

The fact is that one apparently really does have to have a root account active (meaning available via an ssh private/public key) in this case; sudo just won't do it. HOWEVER this does not mean that a password is necessary for root; it is not, so one is protected there.

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