[cvsnt] CVS Login Password with @ in it

Arthur Barrett arthur.barrett at march-hare.com
Wed Jun 3 06:05:59 BST 2009

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Putting the password in the connection string is a rather risky practice (security wise).

Is it possible to use sspi instead (which will automatically pick up the authentication token - including password - of the logged in user) if the server is windows or ssh with a key if the server is non-windows?

The only alternative is to use:
set CVSROOT=:pserver:domain\username at server_name:portNo/repository
cvs login -p pas at word



-----Original Message-----
From:	cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org on behalf of Michael Eldridge
Sent:	Wed 6/3/2009 9:59 AM
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Subject:	[cvsnt] CVS Login Password with @ in it

Hi all,

I have been trying to write some script files to assist with some of the common tasks we do in CVS and I have it a snag. I have been using the following command to setup the connection string:

set CVSROOT=:pserver:domain\username:password at server_name:portNo/repository

This works fine for most users but I now have someone that is using the @ symbol in their password. EG

set CVSROOT=:pserver:domain\username:p at ssword@server_name:portNo/repository

This obviously causes a problem with the string passing. Unfortunately the password structure used by this company means that a lot of users will probably have this symbol in their password. Is there and escape character I can use to get around this problem?


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