Rsyncing without RSH or SSH ?

Philip Rhoades phil at
Tue Mar 14 05:34:30 UTC 2017


I know a KK - I have talked to him about Sydney Futurists stuff and 
politics etc . . different email address though . .

See inline comments:

On 2017-03-14 16:17, Kevin Korb via rsync wrote:
> Rsh should be pretty easy to do.  I don't think it has changed since
> before RH5.2 vintage.

Yes, I was thinking I could cross-compile for 486 on my workstations - I 
will check that option out . .

> Otherwise, your best bet would be NFS.  I think RH5.2 is new enough
> for NFSv3 but I don't remember for sure.

Ah . . yes - good thinking - I will have a look at that too.  In recent 
years I have been using sshfs on odd occasions and I have forgotten 
about NFS . .

> Alternatively maybe you know someone with a newer SCSI controller.  I
> have several PCI ones and even a PCI-X one I haven't used in years.

Yes, I do have a PCI card in a box somewhere too - that will be last 
resort if the software approach fails . .

I have also sent a note to the Aboriginal Linux list and started 
building from their git repo - all very interesting and fun when I 
should be doing else . .



> On 03/14/2017 12:30 AM, Philip Rhoades via rsync wrote:
>> People,
>> This doesn't seem possible - would it be possible to hack a version of
>> rsync to do it?
>> As an exercise, I want to create a VM image (or at least backup of all
>> the files with rsync) from a SCSI drive in an old Red Hat (NOT
>> Enterprise) v5.2 Linux 486 machine (circa 1999 that does have rsync on
>> it but it has protocol problems talking my server).  The 486 has:
>> - an ISA Adaptec 1542 SCSI controller attached to a Seagate 2GB drive
>> with 6 partitions
>> - an ISA ne2000 network card
>> - a 1.44MB FD
>> So, to be able to create the image of the 2GB SCSI drive that is in 
>> the
>> 486, I need to boot the 486 on one or more floppy disks and dd the
>> /dev/sda drive over SSH to a file on my big Fedora 25 x86_64
>> workstation.  I now have Basic Linux booting from floppies but it is
>> still 2005 vintage and uses SSH1 and I haven't been able to get the 
>> old
>> Ciphers, MACs and KexAlgorithms working with my Fedora 25 x86_64 
>> server
>> - so I still can't ssh or rsync to it from the 486.  BL does not have
>> any rshd . .
>> Any possibility of a version of rsync that doesn't need RSH or SSH?
>> Even if that hacking were possible, I guess it would have to be done 
>> on
>> the old rsync code for RH5.2 or BL3.5 . . and I don't know if that 
>> stuff
>> would still exist anywhere anyway . .
>> Thanks,
>> Phil.
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