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RE: "cvs [commit aborted]: cannot commit files as 'root'"

From: Matthew Von-Maszewski
Subject: RE: "cvs [commit aborted]: cannot commit files as 'root'"
Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2001 18:01:38 -0400

su to root worked like a champ.  Thanks for the work-around.


-----Original Message-----
From: Larry Jones [mailto:address@hidden
Sent: Sunday, July 08, 2001 3:27 PM
To: Matthew Von-Maszewski
Cc: address@hidden
Subject: Re: "cvs [commit aborted]: cannot commit files as 'root'"

Matthew Von-Maszewski writes:
> cvs [commit aborted]: cannot commit files as 'root'
> Is this an intended security feature ... or am I just being stupid again?

It's an intended feature, but it has more to do with maintaining
accountability than security.  Since root is usually a shared account,
CVS won't allow you to commit as root unless it can figure out who you
really are.  Logging in as yourself and then su'ing to root will usually
allow CVS to figure out who you are, logging in as root won't.  If
you're sure you want to be able to commit as root, see CVS_BADROOT in

-Larry Jones

Mr. Subtlety drives home another point. -- Calvin

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