error starting client-server protocol (code 5)

tim.conway at tim.conway at
Fri Sep 6 14:39:01 EST 2002

Yes, send the conf.  It sounds like it's running, but has nothing to say.

Tim Conway
tim.conway at
303.682.4917 office, 303.921.0301 cell
Philips Semiconductor - Longmont TC
1880 Industrial Circle, Suite D
Longmont, CO 80501
Available via SameTime Connect within Philips, caesupport2 on AIM
"There are some who call me.... Tim?"

"Doug Schasteen" <dschast at>
Sent by: rsync-admin at
09/06/2002 08:10 AM

        To:     <rsync at>
        cc:     (bcc: Tim Conway/LMT/SC/PHILIPS)
        Subject:        error starting client-server protocol (code 5)

I'm running FreeBSD 4.6.2 on two different machines. Both machines have 
rync installed by way of the ports library, but one of them is running it 
as a server. I followed the directions in the man pages for running the 
server using inetd. 
Here is what happens:
rsync rsync://myusername@
rsync: server sent "rysnc version 2.5.5 protocol version 26" rather than 
rsync error: error starting client-server protocol (code 5) at main.c(923)
I get that same error message any way that I try to access the server, 
even with a simple "rsync"
Has anyone seen a message like this before? Does it mean that I set 
something up wrong? I can post my rsyncd.conf contents if necessary.
- Doug

More information about the rsync mailing list