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Re: cvs [server aborted]: you are unknown to this system

From: Robert J. Clark
Subject: Re: cvs [server aborted]: you are unknown to this system
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2001 16:49:51 -0500

On 13 Nov 2001 00:35:38 -0800
address@hidden (Martin Ellison) wrote:

> The message "cvs [server aborted]: you are unknown to this system"
> occurs if a cvs user tries to do a commit and the cvs userid is not a
> valid login on the server (using pserver).
> What is the best option to get around this (other than getting the
> user an account on the server)? Part of the idea of pserver is to
> allow a user to use CVS without a server account.

Give them a CVS account:
> There is an #ifdef in the code that is intended to stop commits as
> root -- should I just disable this? (and what is the best way to do
> so? a parameter to ./configure?)

I would *strongly* recommend that you never commit files as root. You
can search the archives of this list for the reasons, it has been 
extensively discussed before. The subject line was 

 "Why can't root check in files?"

I believe that the strongest argument is the lack of an accountability 
trail. All you will be able to tell is that someone logged in as root 
made a change. You will not be able to figure out who.

- Rob

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