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Re: CVS and AFS

From: Gerhard Sittig
Subject: Re: CVS and AFS
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 20:31:48 +0200

On Thu, Jun 14, 2001 at 22:50 -0400, Charles Karney wrote:
> We use CVS in a mixed Windows and Linux environment.  Recently
> we switched from accessing the CVS repository vis ssh to a
> Linux machine on which CVSROOT was a local disk to having the
> CVS repository in AFS and having all clients access this as a
> local file system.

You did read the few thousand horror stories of what's going to
happen when accessing repos via networked filesystems in the
list, didn't you?  Why did you switch from the ssh tunnel to this
fragile constellation?

> The motivation for this change was
> * to simplify user authentication;
> * to allow finer grain control over access to the repository.

Frankly speaking I'm not sure about the first item and I don't
get the second:  You previously had a local UNIX process (the
remote "cvs server" command) access the local filesystem, which
is AFS and thus provides ACLs.  How can this access become finer
in terms of control?

> While things are basically working OK, we are running into some
> problems as I'd be interested in hearing other peoples'
> experiences.

What you describe is exactly what you asked for.  Repos on
network fs'es is a receipt for trouble.  It's not a matter of if
and how, but merely a question of when (you will notice).

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