newbie: rsync 2.6.x problems Cygwin client --> RedHat server

Paul Slootman paul+rsync at
Tue Apr 8 09:22:06 GMT 2008

On Mon 07 Apr 2008, S.A. Birl wrote:
> On Apr 7, 2008, Paul Slootman (nospam-paul+rsync at typed:
> Paul:  On Mon 07 Apr 2008, S.A. Birl wrote:
> Paul:  >
> Paul:  > Server is running rsync 2.6.1 on RH
> Paul:  > Client is running rsync 2.6.3 on Cygwin (Win2003)
> Paul:  >
> Paul:  > When I connect client to server, I get kicked out after SSH
> Paul:  > authentication.  I can manually ssh into the server with no problems.
> Paul:
> Paul:  Is the server running an rsync daemon? If so, why the ssh?
> Well, unless I misunderstood the man page, I thought I *had* to have
> another protocol (ssh, ftp, etc) for the rsync daemon.

You generally run rsync over ssh, with the following syntax:
    rsync [options] srcdir remotehost:destdir  (pushing to remote host)
    rsync [options] remotehost:srcdir destdir  (pulling from remote host)

You can also run a daemon on a host, in which case you can let rsync
talk directly to the remote rsync daemon, without ssh:
    rsync [options] srcdir remotehost::modulename
    rsync [options] remotehost::modulename destdir
Note the double colon instead of a single colon; alternatively:
    rsync [options] srcdir rsync://remotehost/modulename
The modulename can have a subdirectory appended, or a file, etc.

> One less protocol would be good.  How will that affect authentication?

Read the manpage for rsyncd.conf and search for "secrets file".

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