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Re: CVS server set up

From: Mark Priest
Subject: Re: CVS server set up
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2003 23:53:04 -0500


The error message indicates that your cvs client is configured to use rsh
instead of ssh.  You will need to set the CVS_RSH environment variable to
point to the ssh client executable (i.e. set CVS_RSH=plink).  You should use
plink instead of Putty (available from the same website) since you want a
command line ssh connection.  On the client side the private key should be
stored in ~/.ssh/id_rsa or ~/.ssh/id_dsa depending on whether it is a rsa or
dsa key.  It must be in the correct format for the version of ssh you are
using and the implementation that you are using (it is different for
OpenSSH,, etc).  You should test the ssh connection without cvs
first to make sure that it is configured correctly.   Also, you will need to
add the cvs server public key to your known_hosts file.  The easiest way to
do this is to connect once with Putty to the ssh server and just select 'y'
when it asks you to add the host to your known_hosts file (in

Good luck,

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Krishna Arya" <address@hidden>
To: <address@hidden>
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 6:59 PM
Subject: CVS server set up

> Dear Mr.Mark,
>   I am trying to set up CVS server using SSH protocol.
> I was following your steps chalked on a CVS
> configuration reply.
>  I am using WinCVS on the client side to connect to
> the CVS server. These are the steps I did,
>  - generated the private key, I stored in the server
> under ~/.ssh2/authorization directory.
>   I did not understand where to store this key on the
> client side.
> - I configured putty.exe to connect to the server via
> ssh2.
> I executed the command to checkout a project from the
> repository but I am getting this error,
> "cvs [checkout aborted]: cannot start server via rsh:
> No such file or directory"
> I checked the repository path given and it is correct
> and the project specified does exist in the
> repository.
> Could you help me with any suggestions as to where I
> could possibly going wrong..
> Thanks,
> Vijayram.
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