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Re: Connecting to a CVS-server on port *2402*

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: Connecting to a CVS-server on port *2402*
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 09:31:04 -0500 (EST)

Christensen Torben Bach writes:
> I did consider changing the standard IBM setup, but gave it up (David
> Thornley's reply explains excactly why - thank you, David). 
> I'm no AIX expert and I want to sleep at night... so I went for a free port.

Rumor has it that there's a patch available from IBM to fix their

> Personally I think that when a program *insists* on using a certain port it
> is as annoying as when a program insists on installing in a certain
> directory on your C:-drive! 

I would agree with you except that there is no official registration
authority for directories on the C: drive, whereas there *is* an
official registration authority for TCP/IP port numbers.  IBM has no
business using a port number in the registered range without registering
it, particularly not one that's already registered to someone else.

That said, I do support Derek's change to allow specifying the port
number in $CVSROOT, but I strongly encourage you to let IBM know you're
not happy with the situation.  They need to understand that such
antisocial behavior is unacceptable.

-Larry Jones

My "C-" firmly establishes me on the cutting edge of the avant-garde.
-- Calvin

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