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Re: pserver dies on startup with "cvs [pserver aborted]: bad auth protoc

From: Pierre Sangouard
Subject: Re: pserver dies on startup with "cvs [pserver aborted]: bad auth protocol start:"
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 18:03:53 +0200

FredO wrote:
> I am trying to start pserver on a Mandriva Linux system. When I
> execute the command "/usr/bin/cvs pserver -c /etc/cvs/cvs.conf",
> pserver dies immediately with the message: "cvs [pserver aborted]: bad
> auth protocol start: ".   /etc/xinetd.d/cvs contains:
> service cvspserver
> {
>        socket_type = stream
>        protocol = tcp
>        wait = no
>        server = /usr/sbin/cvspserver
>        disable = no
>        user = cvs
> }
> /etc/cvs/cvs.conf contains:
> # -*- shell-script -*-
> #
> # Configuration file for the Mandrake CVS-related scripts
> #
> # Locations of CVS repositories you want to export via pserver
> CVS_REPOS="/opt/cvsroot"
> # cvs.conf ends here
> Any ideas as to why pserver is dying on startup

>From "CVS--Concurrent Versions System v1.12.12.1: Troubleshooting" you can 
easily find with google:

"unrecognized auth response" errors are caused by a bad command line in 
`inetd.conf', typically an invalid option or forgetting to put the `pserver' 
command at the end of the line. Another less common problem is invisible 
control characters that your editor "helpfully" added without you noticing."

What is your exact server line in /etc/xinetd.d/cvs (The one shown above is 
for sure not correct) ? 

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