question about why rsync log doesn't include remot ip or remote host

Chris Adams chris.a.adams at
Tue Nov 22 16:40:58 MST 2011

Hello all,

This is my first post to this mailing list. I have been using rsync for a bit and have it mostly working the way I want.

I have a backup server that I run all scripts from. It rsyncs data from four different Linux servers via cron. A sample of a script is here:

rsync -avz --log-format="%t %b %f %l %M" --delete --stats -e "ssh -i /root/rsync/authors-rsync-key" backup at /backup/seic37 2>&1 >> /var/log/rsync/rsync.log

This works fine and I get the log file entry that shows this:

2011/11/22 13:20:51 2089 acad0304/alllibdirstaff.MYI 2048 2011/08/31-12:46:20

I would like to include the IP and/or hostname of the machine being backed up, but when I use %a (remote IP) or %h (remote host) in the -log-format=, it just writes the literal %a or %h in those fields. Could this be because I am running scripts from the machine that is on the receiving end.

Inspire me. Thanks.

Christopher Adams
Library Systems Coordinator
Oregon State Library
chris.a.adams at
503-932-1004 (IT support)

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