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Re: Remote login demands password when none defined - dont want it to an

From: Bob Seabrook
Subject: Re: Remote login demands password when none defined - dont want it to anyway?
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2001 12:25:03 +0100

Thankyou Larry - this is helpful     (reply is quoted at end of this posting)

To answer your question,
I am using CVS version 1.10.7 (as supplied with Redhat 6.2 (zoot))
So, as you said I have to use a password.

Thanks to your kind help I have managed to get past
the login password prompt ok now, only to be confronted by yet
another error when I do a checkout over the network.
(remember I can checkout ok locally)
If anyone knows the reason for this error (below)
please let me know what it is.

once the cvs login is done I try to checkout my dummy test project
which is in a path called test/myshell which is 
under $CVSROOT/CVSROOT with the following command

  cvs co test/myshell

(co is shorthand for checkout)
This gives the error:

  cvs cannot open /root/.cvsignore Permission Denied
  cannot chdir(/root) Permission denied.

I am not logging in as root, so I dont know why
it insists on looking in root for this file.
So, I put an empty .cvsignore file in /root
on the server machine (to keep it quiet)
but it made no difference, tried cvsignore files
elsewhere like in ~ and CVSROOT did not help
either. Greppping the docs and man pages
for cvsingore just tells you what the file does
as one might expect, but a bit frustrating.

I am hoping this is the last barrier to getting familiar
with *USING* CVS - please help if you can.


On 30 August 2001 19:12, Larry Jones [SMTP:address@hidden wrote:
> Bob Seabrook writes:
> > 
> >   When I login to a new cvs installation (on a redhat 6.2 linux box)
> >   It demands a password but I dont want it to -
> >   and I dont know what it is either (anyway).
> It would be helpful to know exactly what version of CVS you have.
> >   the relevant line in /etc/inetd.conf is;-
> > 
> >      cvspserver stream tcp nowait root /usr/bin/cvs cvs -b /usr/bin 
> > --allow-root=/user/local/repository pserver
> Unless it's an ancient version, the "-b /usr/bin" has no effect and can
> be removed.  You should, however, have a "-f" in there.
> >   cvspserver is defined ok in /etc/services as;-
> > 
> >      cvspserver  2401/tcp
> >      cvspserver  2401/udp
> CVS doesn't use UDP, so that line can be safely deleted.
> >   I have edited /user/local/repository/CVSROOT/config
> >   so that password authentication is off! ie;-
> >      SystemAuth=no
> That doesn't disable password authentication, it says that you don't
> want to allow ordinary system users to login (to CVS) using their system
> passwords.
> >   when I create a passwd file containing the line
> >     Seabrook:
> >   or 
> >     Seabrook::
> >   ..and other lines.
> > 
> >   login also fails with the message
> > 
> >     cvs [login aborted]: authorization failed. Server 
> > rejected access
> Here's where the version of CVS becomes significant.  Allowing access
> with no password is a relatively recent feature (1.11, I believe) -- if
> your version of CVS is older than that, it won't work.  Also, there's no
> reason to login if you don't have a password (but it should still work).
> -Larry Jones
> Moms and reason are like oil 

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