Author: Massimo Lusetti
Date: 06-08-01 18:57
You should separate the PATH from HOSTNAME with only one ':' to use SSH otherwise rsync still using it method to transport from server to clients.
Another error is that using the option --password-file is not useful when using ssh transport.
Quoting from man:
"This option allows you to provide a password in a file for accessing a remote rsync server. Note that`this option is only useful when accessing a rsync server using the built in transport, not when using a remote shell as the transport."