The rsync URI Scheme
RFC 5781

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                         S. Weiler
Request for Comments: 5781                                  SPARTA, Inc.
Category: Informational                                          D. Ward
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                  Juniper
                                                              R. Housley
                                                          Vigil Security
                                                           February 2010

                          The rsync URI Scheme


   This document specifies the rsync Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)

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   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

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1.  Introduction

   URIs were previously defined in RFC 2396, which was obsoleted by RFC
   3986 [RFC3986].  The procedures for registering new URI schemes are
   defined in RFC 4395 [RFC4395].  The rsync utility provides fast
   incremental file transfer [rsync].  This document defines a URI
   scheme for rsync.

2.  rsync URI registration

   This section contains the registration template for the rsync URI
   scheme in accordance with RFC 4395 [RFC4395].  This URI scheme is for
   the rsync protocol using TCP as the transport protocol.  Other
   transports, such as rsync over SSH, are not supported by this URI

   URI scheme name: rsync

   Status: provisional

   URI scheme syntax: An rsync URI describes a source or destination for
   the rsync application including a hostname, path, and optional user
   and port.  The generic form of the rsync URI is:


   The rsync URI follows the general syntax from RFC 3986 and is defined
   by the following ABNF [RFC5234]:

      rsyncuri        = "rsync:" hier-part
                        ; See RFC 3986 for the definition
                        ; of hier-part

   URI scheme semantics: An rsync URI may be used as either a source or
   destination for the rsync application.  If the port is not specified,
   it defaults to 873.

   Encoding considerations: Since the rsync URI is defined using
   standard elements from RFC 3986, no special encoding considerations
   are present.

   Applications/protocols that use this URI scheme name: The only
   application that uses rsync URIs is rsync.

   Interoperability considerations: Since only one application is
   expected to make use of rsync URIs, this URI scheme is expected to
   have few interoperability concerns.

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   Security considerations: Section 7 of RFC 3986 describes general
   security considerations for URI schemes.  The considerations about
   reliability and consistency, malicious construction, rare IP address
   formats, sensitive information, and semantic attacks all apply to
   rsync URIs.  The considerations about transcoding do not apply.
   Given how rsync is regularly used, it is expected that most
   applications will not be bothered by data accessed via a given rsync
   URI changing over time.

   Contact: Russ Housley <>

   Author/Change controller: Russ Housley <>

   References: see Section 5.
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