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Re: [Monotone-devel] usher 0.99 release (name-based virtual hosting for

From: Hendrik Boom
Subject: Re: [Monotone-devel] usher 0.99 release (name-based virtual hosting for monotone)
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011 15:05:33 -0500
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Mon, Nov 08, 2010 at 02:04:46PM -0500, Hendrik Boom wrote:
> I guess now comes the inevitable flood of stupid questions as i try to 
> make sense of the documentation.

Well, I have usher running, and depending on how I write the 
configuration file it reports I have one or two servers, called "write", 
the one I want to start with, and "local", the one inherited form the 
example in the documentation.

But when I try to sync with "write" from another computer, I geet 

address@hidden:~/write/Melinda$ mtn sync 4691://
enter passphrase for key ID address@hidden (ad968be7...): 
mtn: connecting to 4691://
mtn: Received warning from usher: Cannot fork server.
mtn: peer 4691:// IO terminated connection in working state 
mtn: error: I/O failure while talking to peer 4691://, 

Presumably something is still wrong with my configuration.
It looks as if usher does recieve the connection, identifies the
correct server ("write") in the script below, and fails to fork to start the 

Hers's the configuration file (password replaced):

userpass        "hendrik" "notthepasswordd"
monotone        "/usr/local/bin/mtn" "-k" "address@hidden"
listenaddr      ""
adminaddr       ""
logdir          "/farhome/hendrik/monotone/usher-log/"

server          "write"
host            ""
pattern         "com.pooq.hendrik.write*"
local           "-d" "/farhome/hendrik/monotone/write.db"

server          "local"
host            ""
pattern         "*"
local           "-d" "/usr/local/src/managed/my.db"

Now when I try to execute the command suggested by the monotone line, 

/usr/local/bin/mtn -k address@hidden

the shell starts monotone OK, although of course monotone immediately 
complains at length that it's an invalid commant.  But from the shell, the
"fork" succeeds.

Can I get usher to tell me what the command it uses really is, 
so I can try it in isolation?  Or does it misreport a successful fork 
with an invalid monotone command as a failed fork?  Or ... (fill in 
the real explanation here, please?)

By the way, looking at the computer where usher is running, for each 
attempt to sync it gives me three requests to enter the passphrase 
for address@hidden  But entering the passphrase there doesn't 
seem to have any effect.

By the way, the monotone running on the usher machine is 0.99.1; 
the version on the client machine is 0.48 -- the one distributed 

recently in testing as 0.48.3
-- hendrik

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