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Re: Moving to Pserver from .rhosts

From: Jenn Vesperman
Subject: Re: Moving to Pserver from .rhosts
Date: 17 Nov 2002 10:23:47 +1100

On Sun, 2002-11-17 at 07:25, Greg A. Woods wrote:
> [ On Saturday, November 16, 2002 at 12:18:19 (+0100), Fredrik Wendt wrote: ]
> > Subject: Re: Moving to Pserver from .rhosts
> >
> > True, but to us, there's actually only one developer, person X.
> Then why even bother with remote access via CVS?  If that one developer
> wants to work on files on some other host then they can easily copy them
> over to it as necessary, and back again when they're done.

I'm doing single-user development with CVS at the moment, and using a
remote host. (Yes, Greg, I'm using ssh.)

Why CVS? For the version and revision control.
Why a remote host? Because this way I automatically have two copies, in
two different locations, at all times. 

We do also have a backup system, which backs the repository up to tape,
but I'm comfortable knowing that whatever gets cvs committed is sent to
a different machine, with a different hard disk, in a different

Besides, the remote host is the one that already had a repository which
was already in our backup script. :) Occasionally the right tool for the
job is the one which takes least effort.

But speaking of minimal effort: ssh takes, IMO, less effort to set up
than correctly setting up pserver, especially if you have a package
manager on the server and are running Unix or Linux. 
Install ssh on both machines, generate keys, set CVS_RSH to ssh, set
your CVS connection method to :ext:. Done.
Yes, SSH is a little more annoying to set up on Windows. I recommend
recent versions of Putty. Do read the docs - you'll need to use the key
generator and to set 'pageant' (putty key agent) running. Plink is the
command line ssh client.

Jenn V.
    "Do you ever wonder if there's a whole section of geek culture 
                you miss out on by being a geek?" - Dancer.


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