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Re: Limitation on --allow-root pserver options?

From: Mark D. Baushke
Subject: Re: Limitation on --allow-root pserver options?
Date: Tue, 02 Dec 2003 00:38:25 -0800

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Mark <address@hidden> writes:

> We have cvs pserver 1.11.1p1 setup on solaris 2.8 and a wrapper script
> in /etc/inetd.conf to allow many --allow-roots (we have many
> apps/groups/business units we provide CM support for, thus the need to
> many repos). We use WinCVS 1.3 for the client.

Okay. However, there are many bug fixes to cvs available in the latest
cvs 1.11.9 version of cvs.

> Currently we have 58 --allow-root options setup in the wrapper script.
> The 58th --allow-root does not work/is not recognized.
> When we try to login via pserver:
>     - the client gets "no such repository" message
>     - the server logs a "login refused for" in /var/adm/messages 
> When I moved that 58th -allow-root to the top of the -allow-root list,
> it worked, but then the new last one in the list, now has the above
> described issues.

Well, clearly some problem is being uncovered. If you are able to
upgrade to a newer version of cvs and still have the problem, then
it may be possible to help you debug the problem on this list.

> Is this a solaris limitation or a cvs limitation (there are about 2513
> characters that make up the --allow-root argument string, excluding any
> spaces)?

I am not aware of such a limitation, however, you could test it yourself.
Take a simple program like this:

% cat testit.c
#include <stdio.h>
int main(int argc, char *argv[]) {
    int i; for ( i = 0; i < argc; i++ ) printf("%d: %s\n", i, argv[i]);

Compile it and give it all of the arguments you setup in your wrapper
script for cvs and see what happens.

> I could use different ports on the server to balance out the
> repositories.... but WinCVS 1.3 doesn't retain port info inside the
> CVS admin subdirectory files in the workares.... which causes problems
> for users who have to work out of repos on different ports at the same
> time..... (ie. instead of WinCVS 1.3 gathering all it needs from a
> workarea's CVS subdir to commit/update etc... it uses the current port
> settings in the WinCVS preferences regardless of what the workarea is
> currently being used.... this is quite annoying and confusing)... if
> this issues has been fixed in WinCVS 1.3, please let me know.
> Any help/insight/suggestions is appreciated..... yes we only have one
> solaris server to use, and yes we must have independent
> repositories......
> Thanks,
> Mark

        Good luck,
        -- Mark
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