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I currently using a CVS pserver for code management here at work. However, I forgot what my password was. Is there a way I can reset my password? I am pretty sure the password is encrypted in some manner (perhaps MD5?).

I did do a search for similar questions, but was not able to find any. If this is a duplicate, please let me know and I will take it down.

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You cannot retrieve the password; it's encrypted one-way. You can set a new one, however.

The usual way to manage this is to have a checkout of the CVSROOT module, edit the passwd file and cvs commit it.

If nobody has working access to a checkout of CVSROOT, you can always go into the CVSROOT directory inside the CVS repository and edit passwd directly. Matt Simmons's suggestion for generating a properly encrypted password will work for that.

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I've always used 'htpasswd' to generate mine.

 htpasswd -nb username password

Paste the hash into the proper field.

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@freiheit: This could be a difference between CVS versions, but the "passwd" file is not part of the CVSROOT checkout by default in my company's CVS repository configuration. The file needs to be added in CVSROOT. Then it needs to be added to the "CVSROOT/checkoutlist" file.

Also, one should do a "cvs release -d CVSROOT" after the "cvs commit" so that the "passwd" file is not left in a local work set which may be a security issue.

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