[Bug 12544] New: Confusing return codes on unauthorized connections

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Tue Jan 31 11:50:30 UTC 2017


            Bug ID: 12544
           Summary: Confusing return codes on unauthorized connections
           Product: rsync
           Version: 3.1.3
          Hardware: All
                OS: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P5
         Component: core
          Assignee: wayned at samba.org
          Reporter: mruprich at redhat.com
        QA Contact: rsync-qa at samba.org

I have seen a couple of discussions here about whether certain bugs are related
to rsync or rather systemd. Right now I am dealing with a problem regarding
running rsync as a systemd socket activated daemon. Basically systemd runs a
daemon only after it is contacted through socket, daemon performs a task and
then finishes. systemd only collects return value.

If I use "allow hosts" option in rsyncd.conf file and then I receive a
connection through the socket from host which is not on the list, the
connection is rejected. This is completely fine but rsync ends with -1 in such
a case. From my point of view it should end with other value because rsync
ended correctly as instructed through the conf file. 

If I receive lots of unauthorized connections, rsync leaves behind a failed
unit. After some time these failed units seem to influence performance of the
system until at some point the system literally crawls to a halt. 

My suggestion would be to perhaps try to return something else than -1. Maybe
not 0 because in that case every unauthorized connection would be simply
ignored but at least some return value which would distinguish this use-case
from all the other general -1 errors.

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