[cvsnt] Re: Where are passwords stored with cvsnt

Roser Timm (KADA 32) timm.roser at csfs.com
Fri Dec 6 08:59:42 GMT 2002

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Hello Tony,

I doubt that applications are using the registry-entry directly. What some do is using the Env. Variable
CVSPASS to find and set the password in a (potential) passwordfile. When those applications are 
configured to use cvsnt as the cvs client, all logins fail because:
- the application asks for the users password, 
- stores this password in the password file and 
- then calls the cvs client - who in case of cvsnt does not care about the password file.

I agree that having the keys in the registry is a bit safer and more reliable than on the disk.
The problem i see is that i could not find any clear statement on where it is stored and how 
cvsnt treats existing password files. The same problem obviously exist for application developers as 
many are not aware of the differences between cvs and cvsnt and implement behaviour that cannot work with cvsnt.
It would also be nice to know with which version of cvsnt this behaviour changed because i remember older versions still setting passwd files.


>It's better to use the registry on Windows as people don't always have
>a home directory defined (or even a consistent one).

>However no application outside cvsnt itself should be accessing this
>file.  I can't guarantee that its format will remain the same & won't
>be particularly interested if an application that does rely in it then

>The correct way to update the password list is with 'cvs login' and
>'cvs logout'.


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