Fred L. Drake, Jr.
Thu, 24 Apr 2003 14:43:06 -0400
Eric S. Raymond writes:
> As the original designer, I say -1. It's not clear to me or when
> how entries of this kind have value. But I'm willing to be
> convinced otherwise by a good argument.
Looking at the netrc(5) manpage on my RedHat 7.3 box, I'd say it's
clear that a machine entry without a login should specifically
suppress autologin for that machine. For example, this .netrc file:
default login anonymous password firstname.lastname@example.org
should cause autologin on every machine except for ftp.example.com.
If the ftp.example.com entry is simply dropped, the default could be
used, and that would be wrong.
So I think the entry should be retained, with a login value of None.
Fred L. Drake, Jr. <fdrake at acm.org>
PythonLabs at Zope Corporation