[pmwiki-users] syncing pmwiki with local installation (OSX)

Dieter Wirz didi.wirz at gmail.com
Tue Nov 19 09:28:37 CST 2013

I agree, if you have a linux server, then rsync  might be a possibility!
Ask google for "rsync ssh no password" and you will find eg this site:
If you then run something like:
rsync --rsh=ssh -abv user at server:/home/me/pathtowiki/ /Users/me/pathtowiki/
Principally you can run this both ways....

The main problem are most probably the owner rights of the files, that
are changed if you do it this way, and finally you will end up in a
mess, because the files created by the webserver belong to the
webserver - eg the files in upload and wiki.d. The webserver-user is
called www-data on debian systems, _www (note the underscore) on macs,
both have no home and no password, therefore it would be a terrible
and insecure hack to rsync or scp as user _www to
www-data at server:/pathtowiki/

And, don't try this on your existing pmwiki, you might loose all your data....

On Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 12:13 PM, Peter Bowers <pbowers at pobox.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 3:49 PM, Chris Lott <chris at chrislott.org> wrote:
>> I'd like to have a two-way
>> sync between a local installation of pmwiki on my Macbook and my
>> "real" wiki. I'd prefer to sync the whole wiki, not just a group.
> I don't use mac, so take this with a grain of salt, but a quick stroll
> through google-land seems to indicate that mac supports rsync and cron
> natively.
> If that's the case then you should be able to set up a cron-job to sync with
> your server via FTP or SSH without too much difficulty.  Google for "rsync
> mac tutorial" if you need to learn rsync...
> -Peter
> PS Here's one tutorial: http://www.egg-tech.com/mac_backup/
> PPS I use syncback in windows-land for this type of capability.  Their
> freeware version allows for this type of operation over FTP.
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