Bug#324200: rsync: man page contradictory on use of ssh

Paul Slootman paul at debian.org
Thu Sep 15 09:43:20 GMT 2005


I got the following report from a Debian user:

On Sat 20 Aug 2005, Ross Boylan wrote:
> The man page says "a modern rsync uses ssh for its communications"
> (while noting it may have been configure otherwise, but then goes on
> to say (about remote shells) "One common substitute is to use ssh",
> which makes it sound as if ssh is not the default.
> Either I'm missing something, or the man page needs to be clarified.
> Or perhaps both.  I *think* its using ssh since I've been transferring
> between systems that don't allow rsh without problem.

I think he's got a point there.

The following patch should suffice, it looks like that sentence is a
remnant from when rsh was the default.


--- rsync.yo.orig	2005-07-29 11:24:21.000000000 +0200
+++ rsync.yo	2005-09-15 11:39:54.000000000 +0200
@@ -76,9 +76,6 @@
 You can also specify any remote shell you like, either by using the bf(-e)
 command line option, or by setting the RSYNC_RSH environment variable.
-One common substitute is to use ssh, which offers a high degree of
 Note that rsync must be installed on both the source and destination

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