[cvsnt] authorization failed... rejected access...

Ann Lynnworth ann at href.com
Mon Jul 12 09:28:00 BST 2004

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New installation
server: Windows NT 4 with latest Microsoft updates installed
files put on NTFS, on a local drive
Latest stable release of CVSNT

set up admin, config, passwd, readers, writers files
set up windows user accounts
was able to import a module using cvs.exe commandline on the server

Problem: cannot get pserver access to work.

The error message is always the same, when I try cvs login
"authorization failed: server blah rejected access to /path/path2 for user fred

I suspect this is because the impersonation is failing. Why? Because I have 
triple, quadruple checked config, passwd, readers and writers, and all the 
directory permissions, and can find no errors.

Important: the installation setup routine (install shield exe) FAILED on 
this server, repeatedly, always on the final installation screen.  It would 
just hang.  No error message anywhere, not even in EventLog.  I had to 

So I'm sure that my manual installation of all the files has missed some 
key step which enables something, probably the impersonation feature?

Is there any way that someone can diagnose this "authorization failed" error?

I ended up installing on another machine, which worked easily by 
comparison.  I saved this problem state in case there's anything to be 
learned from it.


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