I just configured an rsync server that is hosting the files I would like to replicate to a remote machine. Here is the rsyncd.conf file:

max connections = 2
log file = /var/log/rsync.log
timeout = 300

comment = share
path = /mnt/share
read only = no
list = yes
uid = root
gid = root
auth users = rsync
secrets file = /etc/rsyncd.secrets

I create a rsyncd.secrets file which looks like:


After I start the rsync daemon, I issue the following on the remote machine and I see the module

[remoteserver] # rsync  rsync://
share  share

With the following setup, what command do I need to issue on the remote server (or the rsync server?) to sync "share" to the local "/tmp/share" for example.

Would it be something like this?

rsync -rv rsync://rsync@ /tmp/share
  • Answered your own question. The syntax of your rsync example is correct for pulling the data from the server and placing it in /tmp/share on the client. – Tim Aug 8 '12 at 17:11
  • @Tim: when i try that i actually get an error: ssh could not resolve hostname rsync – molecule Aug 8 '12 at 17:19
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    Don't know how I missed it, drop the rsync://rsync@ part. Should just be rsync -rv /tmp/share – Tim Aug 8 '12 at 17:25
  • @Tim: Thanks. Now I'm getting another error. auth failed on module share. Do I need to specify the password somewhere? I am not getting a prompt to enter a password on the client where I execute the command. – molecule Aug 8 '12 at 17:27
  • Does your password file have the correct permissions? Should be 0600 and owned by root. – Tim Aug 8 '12 at 17:38

The syntax is nearly correct, the format of the rsync server URL should be like host_or_ip::share_name.

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