scramble passwords for CVSup authentication
cvpasswd utility creates scrambled passwords for the
CVSup server's authentication database. It is invoked
with a client name and a server name. ClientName is the
name the client uses to gain access to the server. By convention, e-mail
addresses are used for all client names, e.g.,
BillyJoe@FreeBSD.ORG’. Client names are
ServerName is the name of the
CVSup server which the client wishes to access. By
convention, it is the canonical fully-qualified domain name of the server,
CVSup.FreeBSD.ORG’. This must
agree with the server's own idea of its name. The name is
To set up authentication for a given server, one must perform the
- Obtain the official serverName from the
administrator of the server or from some other source.
- Choose an appropriate clientName. It should be in
the form of a valid e-mail address, to make it easy for the server
administrator to contact the user if necessary.
- Choose an arbitrary secret password.
cvpasswd, and type in the
password when prompted for it. The utility will
print out a line to send to the server administrator, and instruct you how
to modify your
file. You should use a secure channel to send the line to the server
contains passwords, you should ensure that it is not readable by anyone
John Polstra ⟨email@example.com⟩.
CVSup is a registered trademark of John D. Polstra.
- Authentication password file.