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Re: using the .rhosts file with CVS

From: Mark D. Baushke
Subject: Re: using the .rhosts file with CVS
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 18:50:56 -0700

bruce <address@hidden> writes:

> I'm looking at seeting up CVS... I've seen some docs that state that you
> have to set up a .rhosts file for CVS. Can someone/anyone tell me why????

You do not reference the documents you are reading, but they are probably
not up-to-date or if they are, they make assumptions about the transport
to be used for client/server cvs use.

It is not required to setup a '.rhosts' file unless you want to use 'rsh'
as your transport for an :ext: server. You do not need rsh or ssh if you
are going to use :pserver: client/server connections.

I recommend using 'ssh' as your transport if you plan on client/server
usage and setting the CVS_RSH environment variable to 'ssh' to use it.

For local cvs repository, all you need to do is

    cvs -d /path/to/your/new/repository init

to get going. 

However, you really should look thru the first few chapters of the cvs
manual in any case.

> What purpose does it serve?

I dunno, insecurity perhaps? If you use the command 'rpm -e rsh'
then you won't have to worry about that particular problem. :-)

> Is there another way of setting up CVS without using the .rhosts
> file....

Yes, there are many different ways to setup cvs depending on your needs.
> If it is indeed needed, can someone point to a detailed doc that actually
> describes in basic detail how to setup CVS. I have a Linux RH8.0 system...

Here is the manual:

You may also do searches of the documentation on the web site.

        Good luck,
        -- Mark

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