rsync -avP /home/user/.profile hpux3:/home/user/.profile
bash: rsync: command not found

If I did ssh to hpux3 machine

version 3.1.1  protocol version 31
Copyright (C) 1996-2014 by Andrew Tridgell, Wayne Davison, and others.
Web site: http://rsync.samba.org/
output truncated

I have set PATH in $HOME/.profile and $HOME/.bashrc. Should I set it in the /etc/profile file?

  • The rsync command must be present on your local machine. – ott-- Apr 26 '15 at 21:44
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    Of course is present in both machines – elbarna Apr 27 '15 at 0:56

Your .profile is only read when you log in interactively. When rsync connects to another machine to execute a command, /etc/profile and ~/.profile are not read.

If your login shell is bash, then ~/.bashrc may be read (this is a quirk of bash — ~/.bashrc is read by non-login interactive shells, and in some circumstances by login non-interactive shells). This doesn't apply to all versions of bash though.

The easiest way to make rsync work is probably to pass the --rsync-path option, e.g.

rsync --rsync-path=/home/elbarna/bin/rsync -avP /home/user/.profile hpux3:/home/user/.profile

If you log in over SSH with key-based authentication, you can set the PATH environment variable via your ~/.ssh/authorized_keys. See sh startup files over ssh for explanations of how to arrange to load .profile when logging in over SSH with a key.

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    Note: --rsync-path is used to set the path of rsync on the remote computer. (at first sight I was wondering how was it possible to specify the path to rsync while lauching rsync on the same machine) – A.L Apr 27 '15 at 8:56

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