Why is rsyncd trying to access /etc/pwd.db?

Hans Zaunere zaunere at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 16 04:31:01 EST 2003

I have rsync-2.5.5 humming along on FreeBSD 4.7-STABLE with no apparent
problems.  However, I notice when some clients connect to sync, I get this in

rsyncd[42843]: /etc/pwd.db: No such file or directory

rsync is running as root with this basic rsync.conf:

use chroot = yes
read only = yes
timeout = 600

Well of course /etc/pwd.db exists and could be readable, but more
importantly, why is it trying to be accessed at all?  It's an anonymous
server, so people trying to use auth. have no benefit.  Is there some
specific client rsync flag that triggers that message?  How can I correct it,
and what does it mean?

Thank you,

Hans Zaunere
President, New York PHP
hans at nyphp.org

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