Subject: Re: dot-files: CVS_RSH and more
To: None <>
From: Jan Schaumann <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 10/10/2002 11:44:55
Hubert Feyrer <> wrote:
> We ship cvs, and we ship sources that have CVS-dirs. I wonder if we should
> set CVS_RSH so users don't have to do this?

Set it to ssh, you mean?

I don't think that's a wise idea.  People might want to use cvs for
other purposes than just updating their NetBSD sources where they might
not be able to use ssh as a CVS_RSH.  We should assume that people who
want to use cvs know how to set the variable accodingly[1] and leave it
unset per default.

We don't set other environment variables that we think might be
'helpful' either, right?  I mean, we don't even set PATH to include
/usr/pkg/bin per default, or do we?

Just my $.02.  'Least surprise' and all...


[1] yes, this problem could of course also be made the other way around

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