chroot and pwd.db file not found ...

jw schultz jw at
Tue Jan 13 03:31:39 GMT 2004

On Thu, Jan 08, 2004 at 01:11:43PM -0500, Bill Moran wrote:
> This has been asked before, but my question is somewhat different.
> On FreeBSD, the message:
> rsyncd[520]: /etc/pwd.db: No such file or directory
> is obviously caused by a chrooted rsyncd being unable to access /etc/pwd.db 
> to
> get at the password database to convert UIDs to names and back.
> Workorounds of putting /etc/pwd.db in the chrooted directory have been 
> offered,
> and that's one solution.
> However, my questions are these:
> 1) Does it hurt anything for rsyncd to not be able to resolve uids?  It 
> doesn't
>    seem to affect the function of the system.
> 2) If it's not hurting anything, is there a way to stop these messages?
> Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

The messages are being generated by the library, not rsync.

I'd start by trying the --numeric-ids option.

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