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I am trying to fetch some files with rsync from my pineapple with the command:

rsync -avz -e "ssh -p 2222" root@localhost:SRC/ DEST/

and get the following result:

ash: rsync: not found
rsync: connection unexpectedly closed (0 bytes received so far) [Receiver]
rsync error: error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at io.c(226) [Receiver=3.1.1]


One might think this is some pathing issue, but 

find -iname "rsync"

yields no finding.


Now, this gives me the indication that rsync is not installed on pineapple.

I cannot find rsync as a module at https://www.wifipineapple.com/modules#tetra

Thus trying:

opkg install rsync


Unknown package 'rsync'.
Collected errors:
 * opkg_install_cmd: Cannot install package rsync.


After finding some build instructions for rsync:

wget https://download.samba.org/pub/rsync/rsync-3.1.3.tar.gz
tar -zxv -f rsync-3.1.3.tar.gz
cd rsync-3.1.3/

I get this output:

configure.sh: Configuring rsync 3.1.3
checking build system type... ./config.guess: unable to guess system type

This script, last modified 2013-05-16, has failed to recognize
the operating system you are using. It is advised that you
download the most up to date version of the config scripts from


If the version you run (./config.guess) is already up to date, please
send the following data and any information you think might be
pertinent to <config-patches@gnu.org> in order to provide the needed
information to handle your system.

config.guess timestamp = 2013-05-16

uname -m = mips
uname -r = 3.18.36
uname -s = Linux
uname -v = #16 Fri Oct 28 05:46:25 UTC 2016

/usr/bin/uname -p =
/bin/uname -X     =

hostinfo               =
/bin/universe          =
/usr/bin/arch -k       =
/bin/arch              =
/usr/bin/oslevel       =
/usr/convex/getsysinfo =

UNAME_VERSION = #16 Fri Oct 28 05:46:25 UTC 2016
configure.sh: error: cannot guess build type; you must specify one



And I've ended up painting myself into a corner with Linux again.

What is the issue here?

And how may I overcome the obstacles so that I am able to fetch files from my pineapple with rsync?

Please forgive me if I have missed something obvious here.

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