rsync in daemon mode

Tony Abernethy tony at
Wed Sep 5 09:33:04 MDT 2012

>From man rsyncd.conf
       max connections
              This parameter allows you to specify the maximum number of
              simultaneous connections you will allow.  Any clients connecting
              when the maximum has been reached will receive a message telling
              them to try later.

From: rsync-bounces at [mailto:rsync-bounces at] On Behalf Of Dariusz Dolecki
Sent: Wednesday, September 05, 2012 10:25 AM
To: rsync at
Subject: rsync in daemon mode


We use one server from which many other clients download files. This operates in daemon mode over ssh. Is it possible that there is a max number of connections the rsyncd can have on the server? Where is this value set?

This is what I see on the client side:

rsync: read error: Connection reset by peer (131)
rsync error: error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at io.c(759) [receiver=3.0.6]
rsync: connection unexpectedly closed (88 bytes received so far) [generator]
rsync error: error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at io.c(600) [generator=3.0.6]

This was while rsync was operating on a sparse file, I have since added the --sparse flag to it.

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