Pexpect, SSH, and CVS

Ben Snider bsnider at
Tue Jul 17 21:12:02 CEST 2007

Hello all,

So I'm setting up a script that runs when CVS wants to connect to an ext type server by setting CVS_RSH to my script so I can log in with a password. IE CVS_RSH=/etc/projects/ Which runs when I type say "cvs -d:ext:user at server:/cvsroot co module". I need this because of the way cruise control works and the fact that the cvs server the projects are hosted on are password protected. I cannot install keys nor can I create a passwordless user or any thing other than commit and checkout.

So I know my script needs to wrap SSH and when cvs calls it, it runs " -l user host 'cvs server'" and then pipes stdio to pass commands to 'cvs server'. I can log in and I can send and receive commands through stdio which I am passing through an ugly bit of code like the following, but with some statements so it doesn't block:

child = pexpect.spawn(cmd...., maxread=1)
while (1):
  input = child.readline()
  if (ouput == 'ok\r\n'):

  output = sys.stdin.readline()
  sys.stderr.write("Sending to child: "+output)

Also a separate test file test.txt
Root /cvsroot

Basically, I can call the script alone like "cat text.txt | ./ -l user host 'cvs server'" and it works as expected. But when CVS calls it through "cvs history" using the CVS_RSH variable it just hangs right after the child gets, or doesn't get, the "Root /cvsroot" request. All that gets output is some debugging and hangs right after I see "Sending to child: Root /cvsroot".

I know it's authenticating, I know cvs server starts on the server and I can pipe commands to it as a standalone script, I just don't know what is different when CVS calls as opposed to me calling it. I'm also wondering if there's an easier way to do this somehow, I have played with os.dup2() and child.interact() to no avail.

Thanks, Ben Snider.
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