[CentOS-mirror] can you create problems with uid/gid?

Jon Lewis jlewis at lewis.org
Mon Oct 1 15:49:05 UTC 2007

On Mon, 1 Oct 2007, William Dunn wrote:

> I noticed that /CentOS/5/os was giving me a 403 forbidden error, but 
> /CentOS/5.0/os/ wasn't.  I tracked the problem; the files in /5/ are symlinks 
> to the files in /5.0/, but they were owned by uid 503 and the targets in 
> /5.0/ were owned by uid 500.  My server is set SymLinksIfOwnerMatch, and if 
> possible, I'd like to keep it that way. Will I introduce any problems for my 
> consumers by changing all file ownership to 500?

Short answer: No.

Long answer: WTH are you doing that your rsync'd files are showing up 
under different UIDs?  You're running rsync as root?  You really don't 
need to / shouldn't do that.  All the mirrored files on my FTP mirror 
server are owned by the mirror user (uid/gid 501/501), as this is the user 
that does all the rsyncing.

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