RFE: Portable OpenSSH

Dan Kaminsky dankamin at cisco.com
Wed Mar 28 09:07:40 EST 2001

> 1) copy the tar file over.
> 2) done.


I did copy over the tarball--that's me copying over "files".  Forgot to put
scp in, oops.  Forgot to put libz in, that's annoying.  Forgot to put
ssh_prng_cmds in, now it's getting ridiculous :-)

Markus, it's an imperfect world.  SSH is built around that presumption.
I've had a personal rule ever since I started seriously working on tech,
which was:  Never Make Things Worse.  SSH1 binaries can be thrown almost
anywhere and, provided they're compiled for that general architecture, will
work.  We need that, and for the most part, we *have* that.

Vast external dependancies increase the likelyhood that things will get
worse, because they increase the likelihood that critical files won't get
placed in the exact right place, not to mention the likelihood that they
won't be able to live anywhere else but somewhere root can go.  SSH can
operate entirely from usermode, and to remove that functionality would be to
Make Things Worse.


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