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Re: Moving to Pserver from .rhosts

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: Moving to Pserver from .rhosts
Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002 10:45:11 -0500 (EST)

Mahantesh writes:
> we have working repository running right now. Currently the mode of
> authentication is .rhosts.
> We are planning to migrate the mode of authentication to pserver.

Why?  :ext: is generally consider superior to :pserver:, particularly
when used with ssh rather than rsh.

> My question is, whether it is enough just deleting .rhosts files and
> opening port 2401 and making appropriate entries in startup scripts
> without doing "cvs init" which creates CVSROOT. for moving to pserver
> mode.

Yes, the repository is independent of the method used to access it.  In
fact, you can leave the .rhosts files and continue to use :ext: in
addition to :pserver: if you like.  (Anyone running on the server
machine could also access the repository directly rather than using any
of the client/server methods.)  And it's worth pointing out that init
only creates CVSROOT if it doesn't already exist -- it's perfectly safe
to use on an existing repository (in fact, it's recommended any time to
upgrade to a new release of CVS) as it carefully preserves any existing
administrative files.

-Larry Jones

It's clear I'll never have a career in sports until I learn
to suppress my survival instinct. -- Calvin

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