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Re: (Hopefully) simple $CVSROOT question

From: Sarah Gonzales
Subject: Re: (Hopefully) simple $CVSROOT question
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 11:58:42 -0600

On Mar 22, 2004, at 10:00 AM, Alexander von Below wrote:

I am trying to use the Apple Rendevouz name (myServer.local) of my server in my cvs root path, and have been almost succesful. Using cvs -d :ext:myServer.local/whatever/path/cvsrep works great, just like setting the CVSROOT environment variable to myServer.local/whatever/path/cvsrep

However, when I do any work from the sandbox (i.e. status), I get the message:

"cvs <command>: ignoring CVS/Root because it does not contain an absolute pathname"

The command works however, as expected.

Unlike when I checkout with -d, the Root file does not contain an access method. It seems I can not set the access method (:ext:) in the CVSROOT environment variable, and I have found no other place to set it. This is more of an inconvenience than an error, but does anyone have an idea what I could do about it?

the Root file *should* indeed contain the access method - you can add it manually if you need to, although this should *not* be necessary.


1. make sure there are no spaces in your Rendevous name - the Rendevous name is basically synonymous with localhost, so... if necessary (assuming you're accessing CVS on your local box), use localhost instead.

2. One downside of Rendevous that I have noticed is that it apparently is not capable of looking on the local net for identical Rendevous names - if competing names exist, as of Jaguar (haven't checked this in Panther, I'm using Panther), neither machine would be accessible via Rendevous.

3. Rendevous does NOT currently cross subnets, so... I assume this isn't the issue since you are apparently able to check it out.

I tried using the Rendevous name to access our CVS repository using pserver method and it worked like a champ.

Try the above and see if anything works for you.

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