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I have setup a server. In this server I have made several users and those people are logging in on a regular basis.

I want to offer everyone to setup their own rsnapshot, so that they can take regular backups of their folders.

The problem with that is that the rsnapshot config file, in /etc/rsnapshot.conf is a root only file and stored in /etc.

Is there any way for me to give each user their own rsnpashot.conf file so that they can setup rsnapshot to store their directories back in time?

  • You can call rsnapshot -c <file> to use an alternate config file; maybe this could help (see man snapshot for more hints). – ridgy Mar 1 '17 at 10:38
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I don't think that is a very sound idea.

  1. If rsnapshot is run as root, then you should configure it
  2. If rsnapshot is run as <username> then they can configure it. They can achieve this by using their own crontab entry.

I would opt for the first option.

But to answer your question specifically, remember the configuration file can be specified using -c <filename> option. So potentially you could start it specifying a user specific config file, which they own and administer eg.

/usr/bin/rsnapshot -c /home/<username>/.rsnapshot.conf daily
  • so how do i get this rsnapshot.conf file started for a given user? i tried running that command but there is not .rsnapshot.conf file in the home directory. – Hermann Ingjaldsson Mar 8 '17 at 19:38
  • You said "I want them to setup their own rsnapshot" so let them write their own config. If you want to give them a template, then do that. see man adduser and add your starter config into /etc/skel You can simplify their config by including your own master configuration. – X Tian Mar 9 '17 at 18:02

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