Years ago i bought a couple of Netgear Readynas devices. A duo, and then subsequently a duo v2. They’re pretty basic, but offered good squeezebox support and a cheap way of me storing TB of data in a RAID config.
Both of the Readynas devices support backup operations to send their data on a scheduled basis. I’d normally opt for the simplicity of CIFS/Samba, but my internet provider has decided to block those ports and the Readynas devices don’t allow you to use a non-standard port. Thusly the only other way to get the job done is to use rsync.
My desired location for the data backup is in Azure (naturally!). Ideally in Azure files as my data will be the most accessible to me over an smb share in the same way that i’ve always accessed my ReadyNas devices.
Here’s a run down of a bunch of the errors i received when doing this and how to get around them.
rsync: getaddrinfo: myserver.northeurope.cloudapp.azure.com 873: Name or service not known
It turned out that my rsync daemon wasn’t listening correctly.
netstat -l | grep rsync
The quick command to get it running is
rsync: failed to set times on “.” (in frontbut): Operation not permitted (1)
sending incremental file list
rsync: failed to set times on "." (in frontbut): Operation not permitted (1)
At first i thought this problem was because of the way i was mounting Azure files and that it’s filesystem didn’t support it. Most of the solutions on the web tell you to use the -O flag to omit updating directory times.
However the solution was that the username my Readynas was using was not the owner of the directory.
This statement changes the ownership (recursively) of the directory to user1. This should match the username you are using in the Readynas and the rsyncd.conf file
chown -R user1 /datadisk/mynasfiles
ERROR: The remote path must start with a module name not a /
Pretty easy one here. The path must only represent the module defined in the rsyncd.conf file – not the directory path.
@ERROR: Unknown module ‘mnt’
I was having an issue whereby the config file i was using wasn’t being picked up by rsync (typo).
I was editing /etc/rsync.conf when it should have been /etc/rsyncd.conf.
Inside this configuration files are various module definitions (specifying the path etc), the module must be used.
@ERROR: chroot failed
In your rsyncd.conf file make sure that chroot = false
use chroot = false
@ERROR: chdir failed
Ensure that the directory has the correct permissions allocated.
chmod 664 rntwo
My final Rsyncd.conf file
# /etc/rsyncd: configuration file for rsync daemon mode
use chroot = false
max connections = 4
# pid file = /var/run/rsyncd.pid
exclude = lost+found/ $RECYCLE.BIN/
transfer logging = yes
timeout = 900
ignore nonreadable = yes
dont compress = *.gz *.tgz *.zip *.z *.Z *.rpm *.deb *.bz2
uid = ruser
gid = ruser
#address = LOCAL_MGT_NETWORK_IP
strict modes = false
read only = false
#write only = no
#list = yes
incoming chmod = 0644
outgoing chmod = 0644
path = /mnt/rntwo
path = /datadrive/rntwo/frontbut
path = /datadrive/rntwo/media
path = /datadrive/rntwo/bkp
path = /mnt/rnone
# sample module
# path = /home/ftp
# comment = ftp export area
Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft in the UK.