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Re: Passwd file

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: Passwd file
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2001 13:44:24 -0400 (EDT)

David Fuller writes:
> You'll have to turn off system auth for the passwd file to start working
> right.

Wrong -- CVS always looks at the repository passwd file.  If SystemAuth
is set to true, the system passwd file is only consulted if the
repository password file doesn't exist or it doesn't contain an entry
for the user.

> You'll also probably want to put something in the password
> area.  Even a blank password has a crypted value.

As of CVS 1.11, CVS interprets an empty password field to mean that any
password is acceptable (this is typically used only for anonymous,
read-only accounts).  If you're not running 1.11, then the empty
password field will never match, which may be the problem.  Try doing
``cvs version'' to find out what version(s) you have -- if that command
isn't valid, then you definitely don't have 1.11 (you can get it from

-Larry Jones

I've got to start listening to those quiet, nagging doubts. -- Calvin

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