Conflicting timestamps in rsyncd.log

Matt McCutchen matt at
Mon Mar 2 01:37:42 GMT 2009

On Sun, 2009-03-01 at 17:21 -0800, Bill Landry wrote:
> I just setup my first rsyncd server and all is working well as far as
> file syncing goes.  However, I am a bit baffled by the fact that some of
> the log entries in the rsyncd.log file are entered in local time and
> other are entered in GMT.

This happens because the chroot done by the rsync daemon prevents glibc
from reading /etc/localtime to determine the current timezone.  I'm not
sure what is the "right" fix for this issue, but you can work around it
using the new chroot+chdir mode in rsync >= 3.0.0.  E.g., configuration:

	use chroot = true
	path = /path/to/chroot/./some-module

Then copy /etc/localtime to /path/to/chroot/etc/localtime and put the
module data in /path/to/chroot/some-module.  See also:


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