bug in documentation for "Protocol" option

Rob Hagopian rob at hagopian.net
Thu Nov 9 03:46:09 EST 2000

Then why do we list anything in the file? Why not have no options in the
config files and put both default and suggested alternatives in the man
page? Mixing the two in the config file with little documentation is
misleading and will confuse those less experienced and those used to
ssh.com's versions.

IMO consistency is important. Right now there is an inconsistent mix of
defaults and non-defaults in the config file with no clear direction on

On Wed, 8 Nov 2000, Pekka Savola wrote:

> On Tue, 7 Nov 2000, Rob Hagopian wrote:
> > #   IdentityFile ~/.ssh/identity
> > #   EscapeChar ~
> > #   Port 22
> >
> > and most of the others which are indeed the defaults as described in the
> > man page... I can't think of too many non-default settings that would
> > qualify as "probably want to use" for these...
> No, and that's why there are the defaults there for those.
> Sometimes I use settings like:
> ---
> Host *
>         ForwardAgent no
>         ForwardX11 yes
>         FallBackToRsh no
>         Protocol 2,1
>         Cipher blowfish
>         Ciphers arcfour,blowfish-cbc
> ---
> [ good for heavy traffic because arcfour is the fastest algorithm ]
> *Authentication, Cipher*, Protocol etc. options are ones you usually want
> to change.  Having them as defaults has it's good and bad points,
> obviously.
> > How about a section in the default ssh*_config that has all of the
> > settings and their default values, all commented out, as a quick reference
> > for people? It's a lot easier than cross checking the man page for each
> > setting...
> Committing to this would get you yet another place to keep track of
> these...

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