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From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: "BADROOT"
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2002 14:45:29 -0400 (EDT)

Anthony Shipman writes:
> It seems the only purpose of the restriction is to prevent the user name
> in the log message being "root".

Exactly.  Since "root" is usually a shared account, if the log message
just says "root" you won't know which real person made the changes. 

> But in subr.c the getcaller() function
> will read LOGNAME or USER which I can set to control the name in the
> log file, if I care.

getcaller() only reads $LOGNAME or $USER if getlogin() fails, which it
shouldn't ever do, provided you've actually logged in at some point.

> So how about getting rid of this restriction?  As root, I would like to
> maintain system configuration files/logs with cvs.

If you want to allow root to commit, just don't define CVS_BADROOT in

-Larry Jones

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