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Re: CVS Manual, section 2.9.2

From: Eric Siegerman
Subject: Re: CVS Manual, section 2.9.2
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 19:50:43 -0500
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On Tue, Mar 25, 2003 at 04:50:41PM -0700, John Daues wrote:
> In the CVS manual, in section 2.9.2 Connecting with rsh, it says:
> ---
> For example, suppose you are the user `mozart' on the local machine 
> `', and the server machine is `'. On 
> faun, put the following line into the file `.rhosts' in `bach''s home 
> directory:
>  mozart
> Then test that `rsh' is working with
> rsh -l bach 'echo $PATH'
> ---
> Should the 2 occurences of "bach" be replaced with "mozart"?
> (or vice-versa).  If not, who is bach?


> (there's a setup for a joke)

Ok, so I had to bite.

Seriously, the names should *not* be replaced.  "bach" is the
repo's owner, on faun.  You can connect via rsh to a repo on a
machine where your username is spelled differently, and the
example is constructed to demonstrate that.  A better choice of
names might have been "bach" and "jsb", to suggest that they're
the same person.

It's also possible to use this capability in the way the example
implies -- to let entirely different people all access the repo
using the same login on the server.  Whether you *should* set
things up that way is a matter for serious -- indeed, extended,
recurring, and flame-prone -- debate.

I don't blame you for being confused.  The example never says who
"bach" is; you have to infer it.  I'll be sending a patch for
that to bug-cvs in a minute.


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