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Old 07-03-2005, 09:09 PM   #1
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automated backup with cygwin and rsync

hi all! i'm trying to setup a scheduled, automated backup of a windows server to a linux server using cygwin and rsync. i'm following instructions i found at

the scheduled job fails with the following error:
"password file must not be other-accessible"

i have set permissions on the c:\cygwin\secret file as directed (chmod 600) so i don't see how the file is accessible to others.

any help would be appreciated.
Old 07-06-2005, 08:35 PM   #2
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For anyone interested, I've answered my own question. The chmod 600 command was not working properly because my Windows NT installation was on a FAT partition rather than NTFS.

Since FAT has no concept of individual file permissions (anyone can do anything they want on a FAT partition) I kept getting the "other-accessible" error - even after running chmod.

I converted the partition to NTFS, ran chmod 600 again, and everything works properly now. I can run my nightly, automated backup between my NT server and my Linux server using the instructions outlined on the web site.


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