rsync daemon only accessable as root

Paul Slootman paul at
Fri Apr 20 09:38:28 GMT 2007

On Wed 18 Apr 2007, Peter van Leuven wrote:
> [test]
>         path = /home/user/test
>         comment = rsync test
>         use chroot = yes
>         gid = nobody
>         uid = nobody
>         read only = no
>         list = yes
>         auth users = user
>         secrets file = /etc/rsyncd.secrets
>         # Limit access from LAN
>         hosts allow=, <home-ip>
>         hosts deny=*

[I removed all the extra empty lines, makes it a lot easier to read]

> Then I start the daemon as: sudo rsync -daemon (as user it doesn't seem to
> start).

As non-root you're not allowed to bind to port 873.

> Now when I am at home I can only access the daemon using:
> rsync -av -e "ssh -l root" user@<host-ip>::test /dest
> i.e. it will only function as root, which is undesirable. I'd like to use
> something like:
> rsync -av -e "ssh -l ssh-user" user@<host-ip>::test /dest,
> but this produces the error

If you're using :: notation together with -e ssh, then you're telling
rsync to open an ssh connection to the host, and there start a *new*
rsync "daemon" for this one-time use; see USING RSYNC-DAEMON FEATURES

You should be running:
    rsync -av user@<host-ip>::test /dest
unless your network prohibits connecting to the rsync daemon port (eg.
firewall somewhere along the route). If that's the case, you shouldn't
have rsync already running as a daemon (at least, for this scenario).
Note also in particular the text "spawning a single-use "daemon" server
that expects to read its config file in the home dir of the remote
user." in the manpage in the aforementioned section.

Paul Slootman

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