Server mode and rsyncd.conf

Glenn Eychaner geychaner at
Wed Apr 13 17:09:00 MDT 2011

When rsync is used in remote-shell server mode, the documentation says:

"Rsync supports connecting to a host using a remote shell and then spawning a
single-use "daemon" server that expects to read its config file in the home
dir of the remote user."

I have been trying to make rsync read a config file (which I presume should be
named rsyncd.conf) in the home directory of the remote user like so:

	path = /
	read only = true

Presumably, this file would make the remote-shell transfers one way only (from
the remote end to the local end) by making the remote file system read-only.
But it doesn't work; it doesn't seem like rsync actually reads a config file
in the user's home directory.

Documentation error, or am I not understanding something?

Glenn Eychaner (geychaner at
Telescope Systems Programmer, Las Campanas Observatory

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