Originally Posted by jay73
You shouldn't have to modify any permissions. You just log in with
ssh ip address
and it should ask your for your password on the other machine. Of course, you need an account on the ssh server. And as you are working with accounts, your permissions will be limited to what your user is allowed to do, i.e. you will normally have access only to your home directory on the ssh server.
By the way, I don't use ssh for backups. I have set up a proftpd server so that I can transport my data over ftp. This has the advantage that you can do everything from a GUI as if you were downloading from an internet site.
I looked at Proftpd and it seems pretty complex but I will study it a little more.
I did get my permissions worked out and sbackup test function to work. I actually was able to backup my desktop system using the program BUT not my laptop. The ssh test function worked but instead of sending the backup to the server it simply copied it to /var/backup/ Not what I wanted at all. I have been told to try rsync but the manpage for it is overwhelming for someone just learning the ropes . . . and often having to RELEARN because my memory isn't what it used to be. I will keep on working on it and see if I can understand Proftpd.