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clarification / issue on CVS over SSH.

From: gsm . beamon
Subject: clarification / issue on CVS over SSH.
Date: 1 Nov 2006 13:27:57 -0800
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I followed the instructions on how to enable a box to access a CVS
repository over SSH. It's working (with one significant limitation) and
generated the need for a clarification or two.

Suppose the box with the CVS repository is called ``the server" and the
box remotely accessing the repository is called ``local box."

Here is my first question. One needs to place the .ssh/authorized_keys2
file on the server box. But under which user? I was led to understand
that any, valid UNIX login would be OK. So options could include
``root", ``cvs". [Note "user=cvs" per /etc/xinetd.d/cvspserver"]

I can only make the setup work if the authorized_keys2 file is placed
in root's .ssh directory. I can't make it work under login cvs or a
plain-jane UNIX login called ``smiller". Smiller is my typical login.
In fact smiller's login is configured to set CVSROOT to be
":pserver:address@hidden:/var/cvsroot" where localhost==bo0 and is where I
do most of my development. Any comments? [Is this a gosh-darn SELinux

With the setup working under only one login (``root" on the server box)
I am wondering how I can configure a second anonymous CVS login over

Here is my procedure for setup and exercising the setup. It's short and
sweet, however, this procedure assumes ``root" on the server box.

1. On local box [CYGWIN] under a login ``smiller":
    ssh-keygen -t dsa [ENTER]  followed by entering passcode

2. On local box:
    using sftp/scp etc. copy /home/smiller/.ssh/ ===>
    so that authorized_keys2 is in root's .ssh on the server box.

steps 1 and 2 only have to be done once.

3. On local box setup ssh-agent so that don't have to enter passwords
all the time:

    eval $( ssh-agent -s )
    ssh-add [ENTER] and re-enter passcode when prompted

    Now perform steps (4) and (5) in same shell as step (3).

4. On local box, configure CVS to access remote repository

    export CVS_RSH=ssh
    export CVSROOT=":ext:address@hidden:/var/cvsroot"

5. exercise CVS and what it work remotely (cvs login/logout isn't

    cvs checkout <module>

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