(there was no subject, but about rsync/ssh"

tim.conway at philips.com tim.conway at philips.com
Thu Jul 11 07:11:02 EST 2002

In order to do rsync over ssh without providing a password, you must be 
able to ssh without a password.  The --password-file= option is to provide 
a  password for a rsyncd server (run as rsync --daemon) password.  rsync 
cannot provide a password to an external transport like ssh or rsh.  You 
will find that if you do "ssh -l wl uname -a", for instance, 
it will ask for a password.  That's where your password prompt comes from.
Here is the relevant section of the man page:"
          This option allows you to provide a password in a  file

SunOS 5.7            Last change: 1 Mar 1999                   18

User Commands                                            rsync(1)

          for  accessing  a  remote  rsync server. Note that this
          option is only useful when  accessing  a  rsync  server
          using  the  built in transport, not when using a remote
          shell as the transport. The  file  must  not  be  world
          readable. It should contain just the password as a sin-
          gle line.
In the future, you're likely to get your answer faster by going directly 
to the rsync at lists.samba.org address, where your question will be seen by 
all interested users, and you will probably see more creative answers than 
Good luck.

Tim Conway
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ÍõÀò <wtwl at hust.edu.cn>
07/11/2002 03:10 AM

        To:     Tim Conway/LMT/SC/PHILIPS at AMEC

   I used such command to backup the content of /home/wl/test from to /tmp/wl on
# rsync -e ssh -vzrtopg --progress --delete wl at 
it asked me to input the password of wl,I inputed the correct password,and 
but why it still asked me to input password when I append the 
parameter:--password-file to the command line:
# rsync -e ssh -vzrtopg --progress --delete --password-file=/etc/wl.pass 
wl at /tmp/wl
wl@ 192.4.231's password:
   the content of wl.pass is the correct password, I don't know how to 
solve the problem, I want to write the command to the crontab file, but it 
seemed impossible.I saw your article written back to some other's question 
on the internet and wish you can help me,thank you very much.

            wang li

            wtwl at hust.edu.cn

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