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Re: Strange error: EOF in value...

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: Strange error: EOF in value...
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 16:03:34 -0400 (EDT)

Dennis Jones writes:
> cvs [server aborted]: EOF in value in RCS file
> /vol/cvs/Projects/GenServr/SelectVehicle.dfm,v
> What is the meaning of this error, and what do I have to do in the
> repository file(s) to correct it?

Your repository has been corrupted -- the RCS file ends in the middle of
what CVS thinks is the value associated with some keyword.  The file may
be truncated, or there could be come corruption in the middle that
causes the quotes (which are actually @'s in RCS files) to get out of
sync.  Fixing it is tricky -- you pretty much have to manually edit the
RCS file.  You'll need an intimate knowledge of the RCS file format and
either some way to get older revisions of the file or a willingness to
lose them.

You can probably locate the damaged section of the file by checking out
different revisions, using a binary search along the revision tree to
locate the damaged node.  For example, if you can check out revision
1.1, then you know the trunk is OK and the damage must be on a branch.

The most often reported cause of this type of damage is bugs in network
filesystem code.  If your repository is network mounted, I strongly
suggest you stop that immediately and switch to a locally mounted
repository on a server machine.

-Larry Jones

Let's pretend I already feel terrible about it, and that you
don't need to rub it in any more. -- Calvin

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