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sr #109864: Cannot access CVS web pages repository as member

Submitted by:  Slawomir Kolodynski <slawekk>
Submitted on:  Sun 28 Jul 2019 11:18:47 AM UTC  
Category:  Webpages repositories Priority:  5 - Normal
Severity:  3 - Normal Status:  Done
Assigned to:  Ineiev <ineiev> Operating System:  None
Open/Closed:  Closed

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Sun 04 Aug 2019 07:43:04 AM UTC, comment #4: 

Yes indeed on my Manjaro 18.0.4 there is (was) an actual rsh command installed that is not a link to ssh. It must have been installed as part of some other package as there is no package installed named rsh. I manually replaced the /usr/bin/rsh binary by a link to /usr/bin/ssh.

Slawomir Kolodynski <slawekk>
Thu 01 Aug 2019 07:21:13 PM UTC, comment #3: 

If adding export CVS_RSH=ssh fixed it for you does that mean you have an actual "rsh" command installed that is not a symlink to "ssh"?

If so then I recommend uninstalling the old rsh.  It is insecure and should not be used anywhere on the Internet.  The 'r'-commands from the old Berkeley toolset were designed for a friendlier age. Removing rsh will have most package managers automatically configuring an rsh symlink alternative to point to ssh.  And then no special configuration for CVS_RSH is needed.

Bob Proulx <rwp>
Site Administrator
Thu 01 Aug 2019 06:10:01 PM UTC, comment #2: 

Thanks for the info, this confirmed that the problem was in my setup.
Turned out that doing "export CVS_RSH=ssh" before the checkout fixed the issue.

Kind regards,


Slawomir Kolodynski <slawekk>
Mon 29 Jul 2019 09:09:47 AM UTC, comment #1: 

This works for me:

$ cvs -z3 co isarmathlib
cvs checkout: Updating isarmathlib
U isarmathlib/index.html
U isarmathlib/isabelle.css
cvs checkout: Updating isarmathlib/IsarMathLib
U isarmathlib/IsarMathLib/AbelianGroup_ZF.html

Note that there is no connection timeout.  Any chances that that was a temporary failure?

Ineiev <ineiev>
Site AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Sun 28 Jul 2019 11:18:47 AM UTC, original submission:  

After a move to a new machine with Manjaro I cannot access the cvs web pages repositories as a project member.

$ cvs -z3 co isarmathlib
connect to address Connection timed out
Trying 2001:470:142::81... Network is unreachable

I have added my ssh key as required and membership access to svn repositories is working fine:

$ svn co svn+ssh://
Enter passphrase for key '/home/slawekadmin/.ssh/id_rsa':
A    isarmathlib/tags
A    isarmathlib/tags/isarmathlib-1.6.4

Also, attempt to log in with ssh works as expected:

$ ssh -email is unavailable-
Enter passphrase for key '/home/slawekadmin/.ssh/id_rsa':
Linux 4.9.0-9-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.9.168-1+deb9u3 (2019-06-16) x86_64

The programs included with the Debian GNU/Linux system are free software;
the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the
individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright.

Debian GNU/Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent
permitted by applicable law.
Last login: Sat Jul 20 13:29:27 2019 from
You tried to execute:
Sorry, you are not allowed to execute that command.
Connection to closed.

Do you have any suggestions on what I can do to troubleshoot this?

Thanks and my apologies for submitting this previously to Chord Sequencer - Support by mistake


Slawomir Kolodynski <slawekk>


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