openssh 5.1p1-3 / ssh-host-config dependency and permission issues

Corinna Vinschen
Thu Oct 9 11:17:00 GMT 2008

On Oct  7 15:51, Karl Herrick wrote:
> 1. Should diffutils automatically be installed as a dependency of openssh 
> so that this error doesn't come up in regard to it not being installed 
> while running ssh-host-config?

Diffutils is a dependency of csih and csih is a dependency of openssh,
so it should have been installed anyway.  A couple of weeks ago we
encountered some problems with dependency tracking in setup, though.
This problem should eventually be solved in setup, not by band-aiding in
the package dependencies.

> 2. Should these permissions be different on a default cygwin install so 
> that openssh can be installed and ssh-host-config can be executed without 
> permission errors?

The default permissions of /etc/passwd and other files should be right
on a default install, in theory.  They are created at first installation

> 3. Is it safe to make the necessary permission changes to the various files 
> and directores (/etc/passwd, /etc/group, and /var) that openssh is 
> requesting changes to in order to "force" it to work?

I don't understand.  Change them and it will run.

> 4. If indeed these issues are due to a bug, are there appropriate places to 
> file necessary bug reports in order to keep track of if/when they will be 
> resolved?

This list is the appropriate place.


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
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