I've configured rsync on one of my servers, the configuration looks like that:

[root@pnmpg4 ~]# cat /etc/rsyncd.conf 
 max connections = 2
  log file = /var/log/rsync.log
  timeout = 300

    comment =  hadoop_out
    path = /mass1/mt_data/hadoop_out 
    read only = no
    list = yes 
    uid = 502
    gid = 502
    auth users = syncuser
    secrets file = /etc/rsyncd.secrets
    hosts allow = X.X.X.X

xinetd manages the rsync daemon:

[root@pnmpg4 ~]# cat /etc/xinetd.d/rsync 
# default: off
# description: The rsync server is a good addition to an ftp server, as it \
#   allows crc checksumming etc.
service rsync
    disable = no
    socket_type     = stream
    wait            = no
    user            = root
    server          = /usr/bin/rsync
    server_args     = --daemon
    log_on_failure  += USERID

The secrets file includes only one line:


rsync secrets file permissions is like so:

[root@pnmpg4 ~]# ls -ld /etc/rsyncd.secrets 
-rw------- 1 root root 18 2015-01-22 01:07 /etc/rsyncd.secrets

When I run a rsync command like so:

rsync -raPv rsync://syncuser@X.X.20.18/hadoop_out/*/*.complete .

I keep getting asked to enter a password, what am I missing? this is supposed to be an automatic process which doesn't ask for a password, can you find the reason for this behavior?

Thanks in advance,

1 Answer 1


The secrets file is meant to define a password that remote clients need to supply in order to connect to the local rsync daemon, it is not used to specify a password for the connecting client.

On the remote machine, you can either use the RSYNC_PASSWORD environment variable to specify the password or use the --password-file option and store it in a file.

  • So how would my command look if let's say the passowrd is PASSWORD?
    – Itai Ganot
    Jan 22, 2015 at 10:08

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