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trouble setting up Chroot'd CVS Server: "no such user"

From: Rob Eso
Subject: trouble setting up Chroot'd CVS Server: "no such user"
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 14:02:09 -0700 (PDT)

Hey everyone

I have been trying to setup a chroot cvs server for a while now, but keep
running into the same problem.  I have created a user cvs to run the
server under, and have chroot'd the server to /home/cvs/jail/

i have followed the instructions in a few howtos on setting up a Chroot
CVS Server, but always run into this problem:

I am able to login and authenticate with the pserver alright, but when
I try to import a new project into the respository I get :

address@hidden myproj]$ cvs -d $CVSROOT import myproj v1 r1
Fatal error, aborting.
cvs: no such user
cvs import: authorization failed: server vader rejected access to /cvsroot
for user rob

The respository is setup in /home/cvs/jail/cvsroot

the CVSROOT/passwd file contains:


the CVSROOT/readers file contains:


the CVSROOT/writers file contains:

(Just using sample names )

But each time I get the no such user error.

I have gone seaching though the cvs-info mailing list archive, and found
no other mention of this problem.  I am curious though, is a chroot jail
necessary?  In one thread about the chroot patch for 1.10, someone posted
that it was easy for a malicious user to execute a script and escape from
the chroot jail, which makes me wonder what is the point then of a chroot

Oh yes, i am running Red Hat 7.1 with
CVS 1.11 ( cvs-1.10.8-8.i386.rpm )


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