Subject: Re: rdist and ssh
To: Steve Bellovin <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 11/25/2002 23:43:57
On Sat, Nov 23, 2002 at 12:46:10PM -0500, Steve Bellovin wrote:
> Is it possible to use rdist over ssh?  I'm trying to keep several 
> machines synchronized from one master machine, but I decline to enable 
> the rsh port.  The obvious thing to try is
> 	RCMD_CMD=ssh rdist       
> but that seems to deadlock.  On the initiating machine, rdist is 
> blocked on netio, and ssh on select.  On the server machine, I see
> 'rdist -Server' running, but it's blocked on piperd, while sshd is 
> blocked on select.

I've seen this too. Using rdist6 (aka freerdist) instead of the rdist from
basesrc fixed it (and rdist has a number of other problems too, that
rdist6 fixes).

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 23 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference