[ITA] rsh-0.17-3

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Mon Jul 16 15:29:00 GMT 2018

On Jul 16 11:09, Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
> On 16 July 2018 at 10:22, cyg Simple <cygsimple@gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 7/16/2018 10:02 AM, Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
> >
> >>
> >> Most of the rsh usage is going to be legacy hardware and systems which
> >> various places still have in good numbers. Various industrial and lab
> >> components might have been built in 1995 and is slower than your
> >> iphone but the replacement costs tens or hundreds of millions of
> >> dollars... (and still uses rsh for backwards compatibility). Payroll
> >> systems in other places use rsh and rcp and cost large amounts to
> >> 'upgrade'. The people running these don't show up mailing lists
> >> because they may not even know that the system uses rsh/telnet or some
> >> other obscure thing.. they just run a script on a Windows desktop that
> >> someone wrote years ago. They only show up when stuff stops working.
> >>
> >
> > But are those scripts Cygwin?  I doubt they are.  Do you have proof of any?
> >
> I don't have any recent proof. Most of mine is 6-8 years old so I
> can't say if they are still in production. I am extrapolating of what
> people ask on IRC and mailing lists at times and going by experience
> of where that software would have been used and why it takes forever
> to get rid of it. [I don't like rsh/rlogin/rcp and would prefer it was
> gone. I just have found that fighting that battle has a very very long
> tail of "oh we still use that... yeah we are running a RSX11
> controller now on an ARM chip but its embedded software only talks rsh
> so lets put an SSH proxy on this windows box and have it rsh to it." ]
> I also don't have any recent proof that 90-95% of the software in the
> Cygwin distribution is used anywhere. I just have hearsay that people
> use X and various network servers on it..  so if my proof is needed to
> keep stuff in.. I would expect a lot smaller distribution soon.

... but we could probably fit the entire distro on a CD again ;)


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
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