I am trying to backup my home directory. command I am using for first
time is:rysync -axz /home/* /media/Backup11.2/Production/

is this correct command?

Backup11.2 is a 1TB MyBook external drive, usb. Before backing up I
copy /boot to home and also backup mysql. All goes well until it tries
backing up /boot (I am running as user). It gives permission denied on
some /boot files,etc.

I thought rysnc did not worry about permission or did I miss
understand the man page about "support for copying links,
devices,owners, groups, and permissions". I tried running as root and
it changed the permissions of folders like Documents, Download, Music
and Video to be owned by root:root on the backup media. I thought
rsync would handle the user permissions, etc correctly.

It says in the man pages "does not require super user privileges".

Do I need to tell the command to preserve these parameters uniquely
with the options?

Hope I'm not a pain. I can back up all of /home except stuff owned by
root as user. trying to do backup before kernel update.

Thanks in advance for any pointers.

openSUSE 11.2 (, x86_64) KDE 4.3.4 release 2,
Intel Core 2 Dual E7200, 4 GB RAM, GeForce 8400 GS, 320GB Disc (2)