How can rsync with ssh be used on a non standard ssh port

Ron Wilhoite ronw at
Sun Nov 16 08:33:47 PST 2008

On 11/16/2008 10:50 AM eculp at wrote:
> I need to use rsync for backup to another machine using a nonstandard 
> port for ssh. 722.
> For example, when I test using my translation of the man pages:
> rsync [OPTION...] SRC... rsync://[USER@]HOST[:PORT]/DEST
> I use:
> rsync -avz /almacen/testDir rsync://
> the error generated is:
> rsync: server sent "SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_5.1p1 FreeBSD-20080901" rather than 
> greeting
> rsync error: error starting client-server protocol (code 5) at 
> main.c(1504) [sender=3.0.4]

I believe you want the -e option. Example from the man page:

-e 'ssh -p 2234'

In your case, rsync -e 'ssh -p 722' -avz ........

The [:PORT] you tried appears to be for connecting to an rsync daemon 
listening on a non-standard port.


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