rsync error: unexplained error (code -1) at main.c(883)

Dave Dykstra dwd at
Tue Feb 26 04:06:02 EST 2002

Check the server's log.  By default it goes to syslog, but you can also
make it go to a file with a "log file = " in rsyncd.conf.  For security
reasons the rsync daemon mode doesn't give away much information to the

Make sure rsyncd.conf is not group-writable, that's a common problem.

- Dave Dykstra

On Fri, Feb 22, 2002 at 10:17:01PM -0500, Robert J. Collins wrote:
> rsync 2.5.2 on FreeBSD 4.4-STABLE.
> my rsyncd.conf looks like this:
> read only = yes
> [test]
> path = /tmp
> I am starting rsync as root like this:
> rsync --daemon
> when I connect to the rsync server on the localhost I get this:
> myhost# rsync localhost::
> test 
> but when I connect, from the localhost, using it's hostname i get this:
> myhost# rsync
> rsync error: unexplained error (code -1) at main.c(883)
> Thanks
> -rcollins

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