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Re: Too Frequently Asked Question of info-cvs mailing list

From: Anders Knudsen
Subject: Re: Too Frequently Asked Question of info-cvs mailing list
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 10:34:13 -0700

This may be worth putting into the FAQ (I leave it up to you.):
If you are using xinetd you can use the "passenv" attribute.
"man xinetd.conf" explains this attribute.
FYI, following is my cvspserver file for xinetd. It works great, and I avoid the $HOME problem.
By putting nothing for "passenv" cvs is started without any env.
I don't think that "inetd" has an equivalent attribute, but I'm not sure.

$ cat xinetd.d/cvspserver
service cvspserver
  socket_type         = stream
  protocol            = tcp
  wait                = no
  user                = root
  passenv             =
  group               = cvsroot
  only_from           =
  log_type            = FILE /var/log/xinetdlog
  server              = /usr/bin/cvs
  server_args         = -f --allow-root=/home/cvsroot pserver
  log_on_success     += USERID DURATION
  log_on_failure     += HOST USERID
  disable             = no


At 01:19 PM 1/28/2001 -0500, Larry wrote:
Alexey Mahotkin writes:
> A: Workaround: You could create small .sh-file:

That may not work -- the problem might well be that there's no -f global
option on the pserver line in inetd.conf rather than that $HOME is set
in the environment.

> This is caused by misfeature in CVS.  :pserver: does not have home
> directory and should not try to use it.  There exist patches that fix
> that behaviour, if you wish to get rid of that problem once and for
> all.

This is misleading -- the user pserver is running on behalf of has a
home directory and pserver may well want to use it.  And note that the
current development version ignores $HOME when running as a server.

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