rsh probl. with Slackware 7

Martin Siegert siegert at
Wed Jun 14 11:48:29 PDT 2000

> Sorry if this is a bit off-topic:
> I am trying to use rsh without passwords on Slackware 7, and I can't get it to
> work. The system is isolated, and I am the only user, so I won't need to 
> worry about security. The problem I have is that if I try to login with rsh
> I am always prompted for a password. Here is what I have changed:
> 1. edited $HOME/.rhosts
> 2. edited /etc/hosts.equiv
> 3. edited /etc/inetd.conf:
> 4. edited /etc/securetty to also allow root to connect without passwd 
> from remote terminal.
> shell   stream  tcp     nowait  root    /usr/sbin/tcpd  in.rshd -L -h -a
> (from the installation it had only option -L)
> and killed -HUP
> I am still prompted for a password when doing a simple `rsh host`.
> Strangely enough, I can do something like this:
> rsh remotehost ls /
> without being prompted for a password. But why can't I log in?

More information about the Beowulf mailing list