[cvsnt] Re: group file question

bwhicks at aep.com bwhicks at aep.com
Wed Oct 19 19:11:11 BST 2005

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So what is the recommended way to administer this? It almost seems like in
order to modify groups/passwords you have to have a shell account on the
box, or at least be able to overwrite the old group/passwd files with sftp
or ftp or some such tool. And unless you do that in conjunction with a cvs
commit, you lose the versioning for it.

Also, you mention that in recent versions that the restrictions are
"relaxed". What exactly does that mean? I thought the version
that I'm using was relatively recent...

It would sure be nice to be able to add group to checkoutlist...


             Tony Hoyle                                                    
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bwhicks at aep.com wrote:
> Is this correct? Why?
group and passwd are considered security sensitive, so you can't add
them to CVSROOT to avoid people checking them out and getting lists of
active users/administrators (and in the passwd case, possibly their
passwords too).

This is largely historical now that the default permissions for CVSROOT
have been improved, since ordinary users can't even see CVSROOT unless
the administrator lets them.  In recent cvsnt versions the restriction
on passwd & group has been relaxed because of this.

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