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CVS Proxy

From: Aaron Bono
Subject: CVS Proxy
Date: Sun, 3 Sep 2006 15:27:56 -0500

I was wanting to give a client access to my CVS repository (read and write) but only allow them access to a particular branch.  I know I can manage that through permissions but I wanted to allow the client to connect to what looks like the trunk but it really be a specific branch.  In essence, I want CVS to allow the client to connect to what they think is the trunk but instead get the specified branch.

Here are some ideas of approaches I am considering (but don't know if they are possible):

1. intercept the request as it comes into CVS and tell CVS that for a specified set of users, to change the branch to XYZ branch (like the commitinfo does for commit permissions) - can I just change the environment variables with a shell script when checking the permissions or something like that - this would be the most versitile approach if it is possible

2. create a proxy that the client connects to that then modifies the connection to the specified branch for certain users - I believe this is quite possible but will be difficult to implement

3. since we have clients use an SSH tunnel to the machine, is there a way to add, for certain users (environment variables or special script to wrap the CVS command), a default branch so when they connect to CVS it uses the branch we want them to use - I think this may be the easiest approach

4. create another CVS repository that just connects to another CVS repository at the specified branch (a CVS proxy) - I am skeptical of whether this is even possible

I am not sure which of these is possible or practical but I do NOT want to modify anything on the client side of the connection.

Any advice would be appreciated.


   Aaron Bono
   Aranya Software Technologies, Inc.
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