rsync as a daemon doesn't play nice with rcng

Erik Trulsson ertr1013 at
Thu Nov 30 14:32:29 PST 2006

On Thu, Nov 30, 2006 at 05:09:43PM -0500, Bill Moran wrote:
> Noticed that the rsync port has an rcng compliant script for starting
> rsync in daemon mode.  Nice.
> Unfortunately, rsync doesn't seem to write its pidfile to /var/run,
> and doesn't seem to even _support_ doing so.

The documentation suggests that it *does* support doing so.
The rsyncd.conf(5) manpage (referenced by the rsync(1) manpage) mentions
a "pid file" option that seems to be exactly what you want.
(The rsync port also installs an example rsyncd.conf into /usr/local/etc/
 that sets that option.)

I have never actually tried running rsync in daemon mode so I don't know
if the above actually works, but it certainly seems like it should.

>  As a result, the rc
> system is unable to determine when it's running, thus stop and
> restart work poorly.
> Is there a mechanism within the rc system that can work around this
> so the rc script can be improved?
> -- 
> Bill Moran
> Collaborative Fusion Inc.

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Erik Trulsson
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