One thing I have noticed on CentOS6 is that rsync via xinetd never works after a reboot. It always takes an additional, post-reboot service xinetd restart to get it going. That has been the same for all revisions up to and including 6.5, and I've seen it on more than just machine. While I don't see such a message on other problem machines, the latest reboot gave me a clue: Dec 9 23:28:36 host xinetd: bind failed (Address already in use (errno = 98)). service = rsync Dec 9 23:28:36 host xinetd: Service rsync failed to start and is deactivated. Is there any way to debug this? I suspect it needs to be debugged during reboot since the service starts up fine later.