Bug 13207 - rsyncd doesn't send output of failed pre-xfer exec script to client
Summary: rsyncd doesn't send output of failed pre-xfer exec script to client
Alias: None
Product: rsync
Classification: Unclassified
Component: core (show other bugs)
Version: 3.1.1
Hardware: x64 Linux
: P5 normal (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Wayne Davison
QA Contact: Rsync QA Contact
Depends on:
Reported: 2018-01-09 18:41 UTC by dana
Modified: 2020-07-26 09:51 UTC (History)
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Description dana 2018-01-09 18:41:17 UTC

The rsyncd.conf documentation says:

>If the pre-xfer exec command fails, the transfer is aborted before it begins. Any output from the script on stdout (up to several KB) will be displayed to the user when aborting, but is NOT displayed if the script returns success.

However, i can't actually get it to do this. In fact, i don't get any meaningful output at all.

My pre-xfer script:

return 1

My rsyncd.conf:

path          = /home/dana
read only     = true
pre-xfer exec = /home/dana/rsync.sh

The client command and its output:

% rsync -vvvv --debug=all .
opening tcp connection to port 873
sending daemon args: --server --sender -vvvve.LsfxC --debug=ALL . testing/foo  (6 args)
(Client) Protocol versions: remote=31, negotiated=31
rsync: read error: Connection reset by peer (54)
rsync error: error in socket IO (code 10) at io.c(785) [Receiver=3.1.2]
[Receiver] _exit_cleanup(code=10, file=io.c, line=785): about to call exit(10)

The rsyncd log output:

2018-01-09 12:25:45 rsyncd[7770]: connect from myhostname (
2018-01-09 12:25:45 rsyncd[7770]: rsync on testing/foo from myhostname (
2018-01-09 12:25:45 rsyncd[7770]: pre-xfer exec returned failure (256):
2018-01-09 12:25:45 rsyncd[7770]:
2018-01-09 12:25:46 rsyncd[7770]: rsync error: requested action not supported (code 4) at clientserver.c(973) [sender=3.1.1]

As you can see, i get the script output in the log — but not on the client side.

The server side is running rsync 3.1.1 on Ubuntu 16.04. I have tried launching `rsync --daemon` manually, just to make sure that systemd wasn't interfering with the I/O somehow, and it did the same thing.

The client side is running rsync 3.1.2 on macOS 10.12. I also tested 3.1.1 from the same machine as the server and again got the same result.

Am i doing something wrong? Is there some prerequisite for seeing this output? (If so, it might be helpful to mention it in the documentation.)

Comment 1 Wayne Davison 2020-07-26 09:51:56 UTC
This is working in the latest release.