[Spread-users] CVS server unavailable?

Jonathan Stanton jonathan at cnds.jhu.edu
Mon Oct 6 12:04:38 EDT 2003

Hi Daniel,

It's been down because of our server switchover. There is still one 
problem with it, but I reenabled it as it will now work for most people.

The one catch is it only works if you are using a SSH DSA/RSA key and not 
if you are using a simple password. Since I think you have a DSA key, just 
try again and it should now work just as it always did. 

I will get it working again for those users who have a regular password, 
but I'm not sure when.

The problem appears to be that the Linux PAM system is quite unhappy
running in a chroot environment and refuses to log any error messages
explaining WHY it is failing -- just a very unhelpful "XXX failed to
authenticate" even when I enable all of the debug options. If anyone has 
gotten a Linux Redhat 8 PAM setup to work in a chroot environment and has 
some suggestions, I'd be happy to hear from you.

If you have any problems with it (except for the obvious lack of password 
login) please email me and I'll fix it. I was able to do both a 
clean checkout and an edit/checkin from my laptop so hopefully the 
password problem is the only bug.


On Sun, Oct 05, 2003 at 04:08:28PM -0700, Daniel L. Rall wrote:
> I'm currently unable to update my working copy from cvs.spread.org.  The 
> SSH server is no longer accepting connections on port 23, and AFAIK I am 
> not in the CVSROOT/avail file so the pserver is of little use to me.  I'd 
> like to be able to update my working copy to the latest from CVS.  How 
> should I proceed?
> spread$ cat CVS/Root
> cvs.spread.org:/storage/cvsroot
> spread$ echo $CVS_RSH
> ssh
> spread$ cvs up
> ssh: connect to host cvs.spread.org port 23: Connection refused
> cvs [update aborted]: end of file from server (consult above messages if 
> any)
> spread$ nmap cvs.spread.org
> Starting nmap V. 3.00 ( www.insecure.org/nmap/ )
> Interesting ports on commedia.cnds.jhu.edu (
> (The 1584 ports scanned but not shown below are in state: closed)
> Port       State       Service
> 21/tcp     open        ftp
> 22/tcp     open        ssh
> 25/tcp     open        smtp
> 53/tcp     open        domain
> 80/tcp     open        http
> 110/tcp    open        pop-3
> 111/tcp    open        sunrpc
> 139/tcp    open        netbios-ssn
> 143/tcp    open        imap2
> 515/tcp    open        printer
> 631/tcp    open        ipp
> 873/tcp    open        rsync
> 991/tcp    open        unknown
> 993/tcp    open        imaps
> 2401/tcp   open        cvspserver
> 3306/tcp   open        mysql
> 32770/tcp  open        sometimes-rpc3
> Nmap run completed -- 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 16 seconds
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Jonathan R. Stanton         jonathan at cs.jhu.edu
Dept. of Computer Science   
Johns Hopkins University    

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