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Secure file transfer deployments with restricted SSH keys and rsync

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This site is built in a GitHub Action, which means that I end up with a big folder of HTML files (and other stuff) which I need to get from the build environment onto my production server. To keep it simple, I wanted to use an SSH-based method to do that (so I don’t need to set up FTP or something), and rsync is a nice utility which fits the bill – it even handles deleting old files which aren’t needed any more.

I didn’t like the idea of supplying my Action with a set of keys which can access my entire server: that seems like too much power. Introducing rrsync, or restricted rsync, which allows you to limit where a given set of SSH keys can read and write. Let’s set it up.

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