Trouble getting rsync to work....

tim.conway at tim.conway at
Tue Feb 26 07:28:25 EST 2002

Need more information - the rsyncd.conf, for instance.  The hosts.allow, 
for another.
You're best to start off with a basic conf file, and add complications one 
at a time until it breaks, then figure out what was wrong with that single 
item.  Running rsyncd from inetd really helps with that - each session 
reads the file as it is at that moment, so testing can go really fast... 
one xterm editing the file and writing it after each mod, another testing 
after each mod.
Start with this:
+++start of /etc/rsyncd.conf++++++
path = /tmp
+++end of /etc/rsyncd.conf++++++
Tools at willy
/etc/mail>grep rsync /etc/inetd.conf /etc/services 
/etc/inetd.conf:rsync   stream  tcp     nowait  root    /usr/bin/rsync 
rsyncd --daemon
/etc/services:rsync             873/tcp         rsyncd          # rsync 
Tools at willy
Don't forget to HUP your inetd after modifying services and inetd.conf

Tim Conway
tim.conway at
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Warren <rsyncuser at>
Sent by: rsync-admin at
02/24/2002 11:59 PM

        To:     rsync at
        cc:     (bcc: Tim Conway/LMT/SC/PHILIPS)
        Subject:        Trouble getting rsync to work....

I have read the MAN page and the Rsync page and have set up an 
/etc/rsync.conf but I can't seem to get it working. I have tried starting 
daemon and adding the correct entry on the server hosts.allow file, but I 
just get "Connection refused" from the server.

Surely this can't be that difficult, but I am at a bit of a loss. Can 


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