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CVS on AIX PSERVER password mismatch issue

From: Claude . Daoust
Subject: CVS on AIX PSERVER password mismatch issue
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 13:55:58 -0500

We have recently been asked to migrate our CVSNT repository to AIX Unix.
The base install of CVS was carried out by UNIX admins and then passed on
to us to populate.  Unfortunately, PSERVER access still does not work.
There were several issues that were worked out with the PSERVER access.
One of the admins turned out some logging that showed CVS trying to
authenticate the user and the resultant error which was "password
mismatch".  The password is indeed correct so I am guessing that CVS does
not have the authority to get the correct system password??  If I telnet
into the AIX box (user cvsbuild) I can work with the files in the
repository (checkout and so on) so we are almost there.

Here's our setup.  We have 1 system user - cvsbuild - which everyone gets
aliased to in the .passwd file in CVSROOT.
      i.e.  claude:kZomPwdlTc:cvsbuild
When I try a remote CVS login using pserver with cvsbuild CVS returns:
      cvs [login aborted]: authorization failed: server harvbldp rejected
access to /cvsrepo/dev for user cvsbuild
I also get the following in the auth.log:
      syslog: password mismatch for cvsbuild: **G.26Qx3VFAw vs. *
If I try one of the aliased users CVS responds with:
      Fatal error, aborting.
      : no such system usercvsbuild

It seems like CVS cannot do what it needs to do to authorize (authenticate)
the system user.  We are not using the PAM stuff.  Any advice, hints, help
would be appreciated!

tia, Claude

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