rsync --verbose --progress --no-relative --files-from=/tmp/index rsync://192.168.0.1/aservice .
Same using --files-from=:/tmp...
Same using remote::aservice
Using rsync://remote::aservice fails with connection refused (doesn't really connect according to tcpdump)
syntax or usage error (code 1) at options.c(679)
connection unexpectedly closed (166 bytes read so far)
error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at io.c(189)
Remote and local are rsync 2.6.0. Using ssh as remote shell, the above works. But who would want to use encryption for that ;-)
An initial fix for --files-from sent to a daemon was made in 2.6.1, but it was fixed the rest of the way for 2.6.3, so upgrading is your best bet. You'll also need at least 2.6.4 for --no-relative to be properly forwarded to a remote sender, so be sure to upgrade to something modern, like 2.6.7.