getting error "remote path must start with a module not a /"

tim.conway at tim.conway at
Mon Sep 30 15:53:00 EST 2002

Scott: the double-colon syntax ("host::") is for contacting an rsync 
server, that is, rsync started with the "--daemon" option, using a 
configuration file, which defines paths as "modules", as in 
path = /what/you/want/seen
if you want to use an external transport (rsh by default), you use a 
SINGLE colon ("host:"), and specify the actual path to what you want, 
instead of the predefined module.

Tim Conway
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Scott Chapman <scott at>
Sent by: rsync-admin at
09/28/2002 10:40 AM

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        cc:     (bcc: Tim Conway/LMT/SC/PHILIPS)
        Subject:        getting error "remote path must start with a module not a /"

I'm running rsync  version 2.5.4  protocol version 26 on redhat 7.3.
My rsync command is this:

rsync -vvplpotrRn --progress --password-file=/root/rsync_password /*.* 
root at

I get this error when I run it:

ERROR: The remote path must start with a module name not a /
rsync error: error starting client-server protocol (code 5) at main.c(885)

I want to backup my laptop to a directory on my server.  Is this the right 
to run it?

What is the meaning of this error?

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