Cloginvs dollar signs

john heasley heas at
Tue Dec 30 15:55:11 UTC 2003

Tue, Dec 30, 2003 at 10:48:00AM -0500, Gee-clough, Aaron (NIH/CIT):
> Hello, all.
> 	I've been working on setting up Rancid, but I've run into a little
> looks like a bit of error-checking in the clogin script or in
> TCL itself is munging my logins, but I'm not sure how to fix it.  The
> scenario:
> 	One of the logins I'm supposed to use for rancid has a dollar sign
> in its password.  This is expanded to a variable by TCL, unless I escape it.
> But, when I try to escape out the dollar sign (ie, putting in \$ instead of
> just the $ in the password line in cloginrc) the whole password gets braces
> {} added around it, which makes the password invalid.  (but the \$ is
> replaced with $, so it's close.)   If I pre-emptively add braces (or
> quotes), they don't get removed before being used as a password, once again
> leading to an invalid password.  (but then I don't need to escape out the
> dollar sign.)
> I've been testing this by changing the username to be the same as the
> password in cloginrc, and seeing what username it tries to login in as
> (since I can't see the password....the login is via ssh).
> I'd love to just do away with the dollar sign, but I'm not the one who
> decides the password or username for this account, and this may come up
> again anyway.  Is there a way to properly escape out the dollar sign that
> I'm missing?  I tried googling for this, but I haven't found anything
> yet...of course, I could be searching for the wrong thing.

please provide an example of your .cloginrc entry.  afaik, what you've
tried should have worked.

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