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Re: backwards compatibility problem with .cvspass?

From: Derek R. Price
Subject: Re: backwards compatibility problem with .cvspass?
Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2000 09:39:41 -0500

Karl Fogel wrote:

>       I'm not sure what you've seen over the past few years to
>       indicate otherwise, but I don't see how most people could have
>       been working with any port *but* 2401 anyway, for the most part,
>       since the variable-port feature wasn't available before.  They'd
>       have had to recompile their CVS's with some other port number
>       hardcoded, to get any other behavior!  Granted, I've done that
>       before, and so have you no doubt, but surely 99% of CVS users
>       never used anything but 2401 with pserver.

It wasn't most.  You're correct.  But there are requests and comments about
using version precompiled to different port numbers and patches allow
CVS_CLIENT_PORT to be set and the like.  Demand had increased lately to make use
of features like SSH tunnelling and occasionally I'd see comments about it being
used for running more than one server on a single machine.

> Seriously, imagine it: every *single* pserver user getting this
> obscure error message (which doesn't even mention port numbers!)
>    cvs update: authorization failed: server blah.blah.com rejected \
>    access to /wherever/repos for user jrandom
>    cvs update: used empty password; try "cvs login" with a real password
> for every different repository they use, simply because we weren't
> willing to assume 2401 as a default port number... even though for
> virtually all of the users, that assumption would have been correct?

Okay.  I see your point.  Sorry.  I think I even have most of the code lying
around since that was how I designed it in the first place, so the change should
be in soon.  It takes a little longer to run, but there aren't many .cvspass
lookups per session, so it shouldn't be a big deal.


Derek Price                      CVS Solutions Architect ( http://CVSHome.org )
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