Logging rsync transfers

Hamish Robertson hamish at iskmweboffice.com
Thu Apr 20 10:33:01 GMT 2006

Matt McCutchen wrote:

>On Wed, 2006-04-19 at 08:51 +0100, Hamish Robertson wrote:
>>rsync -vbalz --stats   --backup-dir=/yesterday_backups/ 
>>--exclude-from="exclude_list.txt" --files-from="include_list.txt" 
>>--rsh="ssh" . username at mydomain.com:/path/to/folder
>>On the server, I have the rsync service started at boot and it accepts 
>>connects when they are made using the above command. I think this is 
>>daemon mode, is that right?
>>Apr 19 04:36:23 hostname [732]: running: /usr/bin/rsync --server 
>>-vblogDtpRz --backup-dir /yesterday_backups/folder/ . /pathtofolder/ 
>>(username: username(1033), IP/port: xx.xx.xx.xx yyyy 22)
>Since you used the SSH syntax with a single colon, the computers are
>invoking rsync on the server over SSH.  The rsync daemon sits idle.  If
>you want to use the daemon, write a rsyncd.conf specifying one or more
>modules and have the clients use the double-colon or rsync:// syntax.
>Then, you'll get lots of information in the daemon's log file or in
>syslog if you specified syslog.
For this ^^ would I need to create a module in my rsyncd.conf for each 
of my computers' backups? Or is there a way that I could make a generic 
module which just says "log all rsync connections and transfers, 
regardless of destination and source"?

>Alternatively, log-file.diff adds an experimental option --log-file that
>lets non-daemon rsyncs log their actions.  You could disable the daemon
>and use this option, but I would recommend using the daemon.

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