Can a rsync server use MySQL for authentication

Robert Fargher fargher at
Thu Mar 13 12:23:15 GMT 2008

On Thursday 13 March 2008 02:58:43 Daniel Maher wrote:
>On Wed, 12 Mar 2008 17:58:53 -0800 Robert Fargher <fargher at>
>>   What I'd like to know is if I can do the same thing with rsync?
>> Specifically, can I run rsync as a daemon that permits secure
>> connections and encrypted transfers from remote users using the same
>> MySQL database for authentication that I'm already using for ftp?
>Sounds like a job for PAM.

  No, specifically not.   We are already using MySQL to authenticate secure 
FTP, using ProFTPDd. What I'd like to do is to use the *same* MySQL 
database/tables to authenticate secure rsync.  If rsync can't do it, that's 
fine, I just won't offer rsync as a service.

  PAM, as I understand it, requires a user account on the system.  This is 
specifically what we don't want.  All remote ftp/rsync user info is to be 
completely contained within the MySQL database


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