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Old 03-08-2005, 08:26 AM   #1
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Where is rsyncd.conf

I'm looking for that file, but i can't find it. As I read it should be in /etc/ but it's note there.

If I tape $rsync the script started so it's installed.
Where is it?

And another question is it better to have for backup another machine or it's the same to have it on the same machine. What are advantages and disadvantages of first option and what are for second option.

Old 03-08-2005, 08:47 AM   #2
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For the backup question,
A true backup in my opinion is a datas duplication from one drive to another drive
with the exact same specs and which will be located in another place.

For rsync,
If you cat /var/log/packages/rsync*
...You will see that it does not install rsyncd.conf by default
so you could create one anywhere you want and invoke rsync with
rsync --config /path/to/your/rsyncd.conf ...
Old 03-08-2005, 09:14 AM   #3
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OK, I created rsyncd.conf in /etc/
then I tipe and get:

root@localhost:~# rsync config /etc/rsyncd.conf
rsync: link_stat "/root/config" failed: No such file or directory (2)
rsync error: some files could not be transferred (code 23) at main.c(702)


root@localhost:~# rsync --config /etc/rsyncd.conf
rsync version 2.6.3 protocol version 28
Copyright (C) 1996-2004 by Andrew Tridgell and others
Capabilities: 64-bit files, socketpairs, hard links, symlinks, batchfiles,
inplace, IPv6, 64-bit system inums, 64-bit internal inums

rsync comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. This is free software, and you
are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions. See the GNU
General Public Licence for details.

rsync is a file transfer program capable of efficient remote update
via a fast differencing algorithm.

Usage: rsync [OPTION]... SRC [SRC]... [USER@]HOSTEST
or rsync [OPTION]... SRC [SRC]... DEST
or rsync [OPTION]... [USER@]HOST::SRC [DEST]
or rsync [OPTION]... SRC [SRC]... [USER@]HOST:EST
or rsync [OPTION]... rsync://[USER@]HOST[:PORT]/SRC [DEST]
or rsync [OPTION]... SRC [SRC]... rsync://[USER@]HOST[:PORT]/DEST
SRC on single-colon remote HOST will be expanded by remote shell
SRC on server remote HOST may contain shell wildcards or multiple
sources separated by space as long as they have same top-level

-v, --verbose increase verbosity
-q, --quiet decrease verbosity
-c, --checksum always checksum
-a, --archive archive mode, equivalent to -rlptgoD
-r, --recursive recurse into directories
-R, --relative use relative path names
--no-relative turn off --relative
--no-implied-dirs don't send implied dirs with -R
-b, --backup make backups (see --suffix & --backup-dir)
--backup-dir make backups into this directory
--suffix=SUFFIX backup suffix (default ~ w/o --backup-dir)
-u, --update update only (don't overwrite newer files)
--inplace update destination files inplace (SEE MAN PAGE)
-K, --keep-dirlinks treat symlinked dir on receiver as dir
-l, --links copy symlinks as symlinks
-L, --copy-links copy the referent of all symlinks
--copy-unsafe-links copy the referent of "unsafe" symlinks
--safe-links ignore "unsafe" symlinks
-H, --hard-links preserve hard links
-p, --perms preserve permissions
-o, --owner preserve owner (root only)
-g, --group preserve group
-D, --devices preserve devices (root only)
-t, --times preserve times
-S, --sparse handle sparse files efficiently
-n, --dry-run show what would have been transferred
-W, --whole-file copy whole files, no incremental checks
--no-whole-file turn off --whole-file
-x, --one-file-system don't cross filesystem boundaries
-B, --block-size=SIZE force a fixed checksum block-size
-e, --rsh=COMMAND specify the remote shell
--rsync-path=PATH specify path to rsync on the remote machine
--existing only update files that already exist
--ignore-existing ignore files that already exist on receiving side
--delete delete files that don't exist on the sending side
--delete-excluded also delete excluded files on the receiving side
--delete-after receiver deletes after transferring, not before
--ignore-errors delete even if there are I/O errors
--max-delete=NUM don't delete more than NUM files
--partial keep partially transferred files
--partial-dir=DIR put a partially transferred file into DIR
--force force deletion of directories even if not empty
--numeric-ids don't map uid/gid values by user/group name
--timeout=TIME set I/O timeout in seconds
-I, --ignore-times turn off mod time & file size quick check
--size-only ignore mod time for quick check (use size)
--modify-window=NUM compare mod times with reduced accuracy
-T, --temp-dir=DIR create temporary files in directory DIR
--compare-dest=DIR also compare destination files relative to DIR
--link-dest=DIR create hardlinks to DIR for unchanged files
-P equivalent to --partial --progress
-z, --compress compress file data
-C, --cvs-exclude auto ignore files in the same way CVS does
--exclude=PATTERN exclude files matching PATTERN
--exclude-from=FILE exclude patterns listed in FILE
--include=PATTERN don't exclude files matching PATTERN
--include-from=FILE don't exclude patterns listed in FILE
--files-from=FILE read FILE for list of source-file names
-0, --from0 all *-from file lists are delimited by nulls
--version print version number
--daemon run as an rsync daemon
--no-detach do not detach from the parent
--address=ADDRESS bind to the specified address
--config=FILE specify alternate rsyncd.conf file
--port=PORT specify alternate rsyncd port number
--blocking-io use blocking I/O for the remote shell
--no-blocking-io turn off --blocking-io
--stats give some file transfer stats
--progress show progress during transfer
--log-format=FORMAT log file transfers using specified format
--password-file=FILE get password from FILE
--bwlimit=KBPS limit I/O bandwidth, KBytes per second
--write-batch=FILE write a batch to FILE
--read-batch=FILE read a batch from FILE
--checksum-seed=NUM set block/file checksum seed
-4, --ipv4 prefer IPv4
-6, --ipv6 prefer IPv6
-h, --help show this help screen

Please see the rsync(1) and rsyncd.conf(5) man pages for full documentation
See for updates, bug reports, and answers
rsync error: syntax or usage error (code 1) at main.c(1128)

The rsync.conf file is still empty


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