Introduction to rsync
The rsync package contains the
rsync utility. This
is useful for synchronizing large file archives over a network.
This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.9
Download (HTTP): https://www.samba.org/ftp/rsync/src/rsync-3.1.2.tar.gz
Download MD5 sum: 0f758d7e000c0f7f7d3792610fad70cb
Download size: 872 KB
Estimated disk space required: 11 MB (with tests - additional
45 MB for HTML API documentation)
Estimated build time: 0.5 SBU (with tests)
User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/rsync
Installation of rsync
For security reasons, running the rsync server as an unprivileged user and group
is encouraged. If you intend to run rsync as a daemon, create the
rsyncd user and group with the
following commands issued by the
groupadd -g 48 rsyncd &&
useradd -c "rsyncd Daemon" -d /home/rsync -g rsyncd \
-s /bin/false -u 48 rsyncd
Install rsync by running the
./configure --prefix=/usr --without-included-zlib &&
If you have Doxygen-1.8.11 installed and wish to build
HTML API documentation, issue doxygen.
To test the results, issue: make
Now, as the
If you built the documentation, install it using the following
commands as the
install -v -m755 -d /usr/share/doc/rsync-3.1.2/api &&
install -v -m644 dox/html/* /usr/share/doc/rsync-3.1.2/api
For client access to remote files, you may need to install the
OpenSSH-7.2p2 package to connect to the
This is a simple download-only configuration to set up running
rsync as a server.
See the rsyncd.conf(5) man-page for additional options (i.e.,
cat > /etc/rsyncd.conf << "EOF"
# This is a basic rsync configuration file
# It exports a single module without user authentication.
motd file = /home/rsync/welcome.msg
use chroot = yes
path = /home/rsync
comment = Default rsync module
read only = yes
list = yes
uid = rsyncd
gid = rsyncd
You can find additional configuration information and general
documentation about rsync at http://rsync.samba.org/documentation.html.
Note that you only want to start the rsync server if you want to provide an
rsync archive on your local
machine. You don't need this script to run the rsync client.
init script included in the blfs-bootscripts-20160415 package.