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At work we have a server which hosts our CVS repository and in order to restrict shell access to this system, I have deployed rssh which has worked well for a number of years.

We are now converting part of our repository to Git and using this existing server to host a centralized bare Git repository. I would like to extend these restrictions to Git commands as well, but rssh does not support Git. I know that Git has git-shell which does a similar thing for Git (though I haven't used it) but I don't think it understands CVS.

Given that both approaches use the mechanism of setting the user's shell to one of these, I can't use them both at the same time.

We still need to use the CVS repository so is there any mechanism that would work for both CVS and Git?

My options at the moment are:

  • Do nothing (not really an option).
  • Find a way to make them both work (hence this question).
  • Forget security and just give everyone shell access.
  • Abandon the idea and put the central Git repository on another server (probably virtual) and use git-shell.
  • Something else which I haven't thought of.
  • Just an idea, but what if you used 2 different users? You typically see things like git@gitserver.com as the frontend user when interacting with the repo. The other technology that might be useful is to use command= in your SSH's $HOME/.ssh/authorized_keys file. – slm Sep 12 '14 at 1:16
  • cvs uses OS user names to identify committers and so I would never have thought of using a single account for git. It's an interesting idea. Is that seen as good practise? The idea of using a single account for multiple people makes me wary. – Burhan Ali Sep 12 '14 at 9:58
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    @BurhanAli You wouldn't use the same account for multiple people. slm's first idea is to use one account per person per service, so 2 accounts per person. – Gilles Sep 12 '14 at 22:06
  • Oh, I guess I misunderstood then. Two accounts for each person would be very annoying for everyone involved. I guess I also don't understand what is meant by "You typically see things like git@gitserver.com as the frontend user when interacting with the repo." I interpreted that line as one account used by all. – Burhan Ali Sep 13 '14 at 13:18
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    @BurhanAli - I meant to use 2 users, 1 for git, and 1 for subversion. Typically I've seen Git servers setup so that there's a single git@gitserver.com and you interact with this sever using SSH key pairs, so that the server identifies the user through the use of a particular set of keys. – slm Sep 17 '14 at 5:00

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