On 5 Apr 2012, at 14:50, Brian Foster wrote:
> I have got a shiny ‘New’ workstation (at work), and hence
> ● Not all files owned by one UID(and some are owned
> by ‘root’ and may not be readable to others).
> I want to preserve as many attributes as possible
> (especially the mode(permissions (including stuff
> like sticky and set-ID bits), owner/group, both
> hard- and sym-links, and modification time).
rsync is definitely the answer to your question. You say you want to preserve owner/group but what do you mean exactly - do you want to preserve UID/GID or owner name/group name? By default rsync -og (which rsync -a includes) does the latter if ossible, i.e. a file on the source owned by brian will end up owned by brian on the destination, providing there IS a brian on the destination, otherwise it preserves the UID/GID. If you don't want this behaviour (and you don't if you're using rsync to make an offsite backup of one box to another, not that I'm bitter, oh no) then you give rsync the --numeric-ids switch.
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