Bug 2044 - Cannot use old rdist to a RedHat machine
Summary: Cannot use old rdist to a RedHat machine
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Raw Hide
Classification: Retired
Component: rdist
Version: 1.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Phil Knirsch
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Reported: 1999-04-07 23:17 UTC by Chris Siebenmann
Modified: 2015-03-05 01:08 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-04-12 17:36:15 UTC

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Description Chris Siebenmann 1999-04-07 23:17:11 UTC
When the new rdist is contacted by an old rdist, it is
supposed to fall back to running the old rdist in server
mode. Unfortunately, this doesn't work on RedHat for two
	- the compiled in path to the old rdist is
	  /usr/ucb/oldrdist, which doesn't exist
and	- there is no package supplying the old rdist.

 It is possible to supply a safe (non-setuid) old rdist.
See for example the version at
which is a quick derivative of the Net/2 version.

PS: please don't 'fix' this by removing the fallback from
    rdist; as it is, one can at least manually supply a
    suitable program/symlink to make it work.

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-04-09 19:03:59 UTC
We won't add the old rdist to the Red Hat distribution
(although we probably would consider the old rdist for inclusion
in powertools).

The path /usr/ucb/oldrdist should probably be changed to
/usr/bin/oldrdist. Meanwhile, the path is there for those
who need it.

Please reopen this bug if you want the path changed. Send me
mail if you want to try and get oldrdist included in powertools.

Thanks for the report.

Comment 2 Chris Siebenmann 1999-04-10 04:16:59 UTC
I'll agree with making the path /usr/bin/oldrdist, instead of
/usr/ucb/oldrdist; at least that way one is making a link in an
existing (and proper) directory.

Comment 3 Jeff Johnson 1999-04-12 17:36:59 UTC
Path to version 1 rdist binary changed to /usr/bin/oldrdist in

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