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cvs admin fails in invalid circumstance

From: Tim Connors
Subject: cvs admin fails in invalid circumstance
Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2005 12:42:20 +1100 (EST)

> cvs --version
Concurrent Versions System (CVS) 1.12.1 (client/server)

I am on a network, and I have my own private repository which I share with
no-one. All the ,v files, and the checked out files, are owned by me.

There unfortunately happens to be a shared repository on the same network,
and hence a cvsadmin group. I only access my repository using local file
access, and ssh. Since I have no need to be a member of the shared
repository, I am not a cvsadmin member.

Why then, does cvs check to see whether I am a member of cvsadmin, despite
me having permissions to the files anyway? This is a useless security
measure, if it is one, because I can either hack cvs myself, or I can
simply take to the ,v files with a chainsaw^Weditor.

Is it just a case of forgetting to turn off the test when accessing over
non pserver etc methods?

TimC -- http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/staff/tconnors/
Can't open /usr/share/games/fortunes/fortunes.  Lid stuck on cookie jar.

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