Configuring Rsync daemon with ssh (non-root)

Dave Dykstra dwd at
Wed Jul 31 07:18:02 EST 2002

ssh and daemon mode don't work together in rsync (currently, although a
patch has been submitted), and it's not clear to me you need daemon mode
for anything.  Just use normal rsync syntax and add "-e ssh" to have it use
ssh.  Does that work for you?  If not, you've got several problems with
your rsync config file that you need to work through, too numerous for me
to itemize if you're going to end up not using it anyway.

- Dave

On Sat, Jul 27, 2002 at 02:15:23PM -0600, smathur at wrote:
> Hello, 
> I am a first time user of Rsync. I am having problems configuring an Rsync 
> server on a Solaris server on which I have *no* root previliges. I have 
> searched the archives and the web,but none of the articles/documents have 
> proved helpful beyond an extent. 
> Since I cannot be root, I have installed rsync v2.5.2 from sources in  
> $HOME/rsync. The rsync binary is in $HOME/rsync/bin 
> My rsyncd.conf file resides in $HOME/rsync/bin and contains 
> #Rsync configuration file
> pid file = $HOME/rsync/bin/
> secrets file = $HOME/rsync/bin/rsyncd.secrets
> motd file = /etc/motd
> uid = smathur
> gid = students
> [filesync]
> path = $HOME/scratch
> auth users = smathur
> list = yes 
> As can be seen above, my pid file will be created in a directory in which I 
> clearly have write previliges.My secrets file has the appropriate 
> username:passwd format. 
> My problems are: 
> 1) I don't know how to use ssh for my rsync connection. The Solaris server 
> already has SSH server running , through which I log in all the time.
> How do I piggyback on it? 
> 2) When I type
> rsync --daemon -v --port=60051 --config=$HOME/rsync/bin/rsyncd.conf 
> on the command prompt, I get no error messages,the command simply returns. 
> netstat does not show port 60051 being used by anyone. Neither does the 
> process listing (ps -au) show any rsync process. 
> Any URLs or tips would be appreciated. 
> Siddharth 
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