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cvs co understands CVSROOT not understood by cvs up

From: Alexander Taler
Subject: cvs co understands CVSROOT not understood by cvs up
Date: Tue, 07 Sep 2004 22:24:05 -0400

Using the latest stable CVS, I can succesfully check out a
directory using a pathological CVSROOT specification, but I can't
subsequently update the directory I checked out.  I propose that
either update support it or checkout refuse it, but not this.
I'm happy to create a sanity.sh test-case when agreement is
reached on what should happen.

The CVSROOT is for :ext: root, but with the :ext: and the
optional port separator : dropped.  In this case it's


$ uname -a 
OpenBSD fire.0--0.org 3.4 GENERIC#85 sparc64
$ cvs --version                      

Concurrent Versions System (CVS) (client/server)

Copyright (c) 1989-2004 Brian Berliner, david d `zoo' zuhn, 
                        Jeff Polk, and other authors

CVS may be copied only under the terms of the GNU General Public License,
a copy of which can be found with the CVS distribution kit.

Specify the --help option for further information about CVS
$ cvs -d localhost/var/cvs co module 
$ cd module                          
$ cvs up
cvs-1.11 update: in directory .:
cvs-1.11 update: ignoring CVS/Root because it does not contain an absolute 
cvs-1.11 update: No CVSROOT specified!  Please use the `-d' option
cvs-1.11 [update aborted]: or set the CVSROOT environment variable.
$ cat CVS/Root

http://libcvs.cvshome.org/    Access CVS through a library. 
PGP:  ID: 0x23DC453B  FPR: 42D0 66C2 9FF8 553A 373A  B819 4C34 93BA 23DC 453B
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