rsync server does not read /etc/rsync.conf

John Van Essen vanes002 at
Sun Dec 18 12:08:03 GMT 2005


I hope you read Wayne's reply (included below).

Your command shows that you are using remote-shell syntax (single colon).
Therefore the /etc/rsyncd.conf file will not be read since that is read
only by an rsync daemon.  Daemon-mode syntax uses a double-colon.

Since rsync uses ssh (rsh prior to 2.6.0) to connect to the remote host,
you will have to deny the client ssh access to the server to prevent them
from running rsync (assuming you already have rsh access denied).


On Fri, 16 Dec 2005, David Nguyen <DNguyen at> wrote:
> Yes, I change it to rsyncd.conf but it still does not work.  I run rsync command from remote client to copy files from server to client as shown.  My configuration should not allow this client to access server but I still can run rsync from this client to get files from the server.
> client01$ rsync -rvcogtz --progress server01:/usr/local/apache-2.0.5/htdocs  /usr/local
> Regards,
> David
>>>> <webster at> 12/16/05 7:52 AM >>>
> Isn't it rather 'rsyncd.conf' ?
> Wayne Davison <wayned at>
> Sent by: at
> 12/15/05 07:06 PM
>         To:     David Nguyen <DNguyen at>
>         cc:     rsync at
>         Subject:        Re: rsync server does not read /etc/rsync.conf
> On Thu, Dec 15, 2005 at 05:35:53PM -0600, David Nguyen wrote:
>> I have /etc/rsync.conf setup to allow only certain systems to access
>> but it seems rsync server does not read my /etc/rsync.conf as it does
>> allow other systems access as well.
> You didn't supply enough information to know for sure, but it might be
> that you're using a remote-shell syntax instead of a daemon-mode syntax.
> If not, check the log file that the rsync daemon is using (which is
> presumably /var/adm/rsyncd.log) to see what info gets logged about each
> connection.  Also, check to see if some existing rsync daemon is already
> running using a different config file (check ps).
> ..wayne..
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