Subject: Re: lib/2018: rcmd() is too restrictive.
To: None <netbsd-bugs@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Martin Cracauer <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 02/05/1996 14:48:11
mrg@eterna.COM.AU (matthew green) wrote:

>   >rcmd() is too restrictive in terms of how it executes the remote command.
>   >It would be nice if you could force rcmd to use something like 'ssh' or some
>   >other higher-security authentication mechanism.
>   >
>   >This came out of a discussion between myself and Matt Green.  We were wishing
>   >there was a way to get 'rdist' to use 'ssh'.
>   The new version of rdist [6.1.0] I think does not use rcmd anymore...

>i have be told that this version is incompatible with our current version,
>and, thus everyone else who is running the current rdist.

>that's not acceptible to me.  but if i'm wrong, then maybe it's something
>we should seriously look at.

OpenBSD just upgraded to 6.1.1 and exchanged some thoughts:

[forwareded from, 
David Mazieres <>]
> I just put rdist 6.1.1 in the source tree.  The new version of rdist
> will receive files from the old rdist, but will not be able to send
> files to machines running the older version of rdist.
> /usr/bin/oldrdist is the old rdist program, which can be used to
> distribute files to machines with pre-6.1 versions of rdist.
> David
> P.S., to use the new rdist over ssh, you can say
>         rdist -P /usr/local/bin/ssh-batch
> where ssh-batch is a shell scrip like this:
> #!/bin/sh
> /usr/local/bin/ssh -o"BatchMode yes" -o"ForwardX11 no" \
>         -o"ForwardAgent no" $*

Since I'm just going t use rdist for the first time, this sounds good
to me :-)

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