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CVS utility offered

From: Rob Ries
Subject: CVS utility offered
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2002 12:55:12 -0500

I have come up with a utility that handles the following situation:

1) User X sets up a cvs watch on files in a project.
2) User X leaves company.

[Normally, at this point, you can "su" to that user and do a "cvs watch
remove", and all is well. But what if....(read on)]

3) User X user account is deleted.

[Now you cannot su to that user anymore.]

4) Some other user commits changes to one of those watched files, and gets
error messages ("dying gasp") related to that missing watcher.
5) That other user complains about the error messages.

The utility I have written is a perl script / shell script that, as safely
as I could possibly make it, gets rid of that user from the watch lists in a

I think that this might be of interest to others. Do you have any
recommendations as to what I can do with it? [Now there's a setup line if I
ever heard one...]


- Rob

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