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Re: [Info-cvs] run cvs standalone?

From: Gerhard Sittig
Subject: Re: [Info-cvs] run cvs standalone?
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2000 21:56:43 +0200

This whole stuff is OT here and has almost nothing to do with CVS
itself.  It's just about networking.

On Tue, Sep 19, 2000 at 09:41 -0700, Seth Tager wrote:
> Yes, I have a shell account and I've installed cvs myself. I
> use ssh to access my shell account. [ ... ]
> The manul talks about modifying /etc/inetd.conf, but my web
> host can't do that for me for security reasons.

What kind of logic is this?  They hand out shell accounts and
deny to install network services "for security reasons"?  Once
you have a shell you're free to do whatever you want to!

> In the manual under "Direct Connection with password
> authentication" it says: "the file `/etc/inetd.conf' needs to
> be edited so inetd knows to run the command cvs pserver when it
> receives a connection on the right port"

Are you able to not only read the doc but to also apply it to
_your_ situation?  Who said inetd is the only one around to
provide network services?  I'm sure this is just an example for
the most common situation.  It's not a dogma.  Every admin is
free in choosing whatever software fits best.  All you're
supposed to do is to provide a network socket listening to
requests and handing them to the service when they arrive (if the
service doesn't listen to the network itself already).

Have a look at the ucspi-tcp package (available at or learn how to start inetd as a user or do
anything else making you end up with a network socket and a
service serving your requests.  But the way you describe the
environment you better talk to your provider about this.

Or use your existing ssh session for cvs operations.  This was
stated in other messages, too.

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