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Fri Jul 29 13:25:36 1988

To: kerberos@ATHENA.MIT.EDU

I have only gotten as far as reading the documentation and compiling the
code of the beta test release and have not started running it yet.  Here
are some comments about what I have seen so far.

First, the manual pages make too much reference to the Athena environment.
If someone outside of MIT is told there system is running kerberos and
types man kerberos, the paragraph has the sentence "All Athena timesharing
machines and public workstations support Kerberos."  What does this fact
have to do with anyone else using the software.  Other comments like this
and about other software at Athena are also included.  The manual pages
should be complete in themselves and not reference other software that
is not running on the machine.

Next, I used a compiler that effectively runs lint on the code as well.
I had more lines of lint style warning from the compiler than commands
executed by make.  Rcs ids I won't argue about (this was only about
half of the errors though), but there were lots of unused variables.
Also included were many statics that were not initialized before use.

Finally, skimming the code for rsh and rlogin leads to some interesting
discoveries.  First, the "-n" flag has different meanings between the
two programs.  In rsh it means disconnect stdin from the terminal and
in rlogin it means allow escape character (I think).  On a similar
note, how about manual pages which describe the new options in the
bsd applications.  Half of the mods were made for various reasons
at Athena which are not related kerberos.


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