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Re: Tip: restoring your CVS access to savannah

From: Derek R. Price
Subject: Re: Tip: restoring your CVS access to savannah
Date: Mon, 09 Jan 2006 13:31:31 -0500
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Stefan Monnier wrote:

The scripts in question are scripts used by the CVS server on
savannah, the page that you cited explains that.  The savannah
maintainers said simply to disregard these messages, as they will go
away when they (the maintainers) fix those scripts at some later date.

Yes, the real problem is that the CVS authors messed up this message
pretty badly: it should be sent to the cvs-admin, not the cvs-user.  Or (in
case sending it to the cvs-admin is not possible) it should at least use
a different wording that takes into account the fact that it's talking to
a cvs-user and not a cvs-admin.
I can't help but be reminded of the proverbial "unsubscribe" message sent to
thousands of helpless mailing-list members.

That particular message was my fault, and perhaps I could have worded it better, but it was intentionally noisy to encourage admins to upgrade their scripts to be compatible with the new and more reliable trigger API. Perhaps I shouldn't have been quite so draconian, but the fix is easy: the admins just need to tweak their scripts to handle the new loginfo argument format (info about a single file is sent as three arguments rather than as a single comma delimited argument and filenames with spaces are now quoted properly), then flip a few switches in their config files. If the loginfo script isn't getting revision numbers anyhow but only filenames (and, IIRC, this is the case with the savannah loginfo, or at least was several months ago when I looked) then the config file switches may only need to be thrown (no script changes would be necessary).


Derek R. Price
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