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.rhosts files now obsolete and not secure are replaced by .ssh directories to allow remote access securely to other machines and accounts. Command ssh uses .ssh/known_hosts files and is preferred.
Your home directory should no longer contain an .rhosts file (CRITICAL .. Must be mode 644 or 600 and MUST BE OWNED by YOU) which allows you to remotely execute commands "ssh (was rsh) host command" or to "rlogin hostname", see rsh, scp (was rcp) man pages.
The number of entries in your .ssh directory have ssh client where you login from) file should be as few as possible, Never have a "+" sign in a .rhosts, .shosts or /etc/hosts.equiv
There are security concerns with use of this file and it
should have fewest possible entries, be edited and owned only