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Re: Moving to Pserver from .rhosts

From: Fredrik Wendt
Subject: Re: Moving to Pserver from .rhosts
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2002 01:46:53 +0100

Greg wrote:
> > 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.
> CVS is not a file distribution mechanism.
> CVS is not a networked filesystem.
> Use the right tool for the job!  :-)

The problem is not to distribute files, nor handing them out over some 
network, but to track changes made to them and disabling the ability to 
accidently overwrite what the other person spent his last two days on, just 
because those win-people are too easy on the drag-n-drop trigger finger...

Using CVS this way can't be wrong. CVS offers a lot of other features and 
possible ways of operation, but there's nothing wrong with not getting into a 
car crash just because the car has life saving airbags...

> "accountability" is that which allows you to hold the real person
> responsible for changes.  Accountability is impossible without an equal
> level of authentication (to make sure you have the right person), and
> integrity (to make sure the person in question is actually responsible
> for the changes).  The three A's are the primary components of a trusted
> computing base.  Privacy is the fourth leg of security.

I've never actually read or heard the word up 'til now, however my guess was 
what you explained here. Thanks.


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