cvsup behind firewall with port 5999 blocked

Shawn Kennedy shawnlkennedy at
Thu Mar 25 12:03:35 PST 2004

> From: Matthew Seaman [mailto:m.seaman at]
> Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2004 3:42 AM
> On Wed, Mar 24, 2004 at 04:20:24PM -0600, Shawn Kennedy wrote:
> > Help!
> > 
> > My company has shut down the ports in and out 
> > of the firewall dramatically!  No SOCKS support
> > so I tried using ssh. According to the cvsup 
> > documentation, you are to have a login on the CVS box
> > you are trying to update from, but I don't (the 
> > official mirrors). I don't even have a box I 
> > can bounce off of in place of a login.
> Ouch.  In the long term, complaining through your management channels
> that the firewall changes are having a deleterious effect on your
> ability to do your job, and basically costing the company money is the
> most likely way to get a favourable resolution to this.
> In the meantime you can receive updates via CTM -- essentially a
> series of patches to the system sources and so forth sent to you by
> e-mail.  See:

Ouch is right - I'm working on a request to security as I actually use
some BSD tools in my work, but they have been very reluctant in the past.

Thanks for the pointer - will give it a shot!



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