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Re: CVS newbie questions

From: David Taylor
Subject: Re: CVS newbie questions
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2001 13:25:09 -0700

I wouldn't be surprised if you're confused by the variety of answers you've
received. At the risk of confusing you further, I'll add this:

1 - The simplest way to setup CVS is to access a repository on a local
filesystem. Assuming, the CVS binary is in your PATH on the Solaris system, you
can create a repository in the home directory of your Solaris account simply by
logging in and typing "cvs -d cvsroot init". This will create a repository in
the directory $HOME/cvsroot.  That's all you need to do, if you are willing to
always transfer files from your home computers to the Solaris system (using FTP
or whatever) and checkin/checkout to CVS repository from there.

2 - But if explicitly transferring files doesn't suit you and you prefer to
access the repository remotely, then I can tell you this: recently, I went
through the archives of this mailing list and did an informal analysis of the
"Subject" lines. Questions on problems setting up CVS for remote access may be
the most frequently-asked questions. Unless you're comfortable doing sysadmin
of a network service,  it's likely that you'll run into problems.

I suggest first using a local filesystem (method #1) and getting familiar with
CVS commands and normal operation, so you have a reference point,  before
attempting  remote access (method #2).  If local access doesn't work (e.g., if
you can't get the path to the CVS binary correct), then remote access won't
work either - but the error you get will probably be more baffling. So reduce
the unknowns and first convince yourself that local access works.

good luck,

David Rasmussen wrote:

> Hello there.
> Can I create a repository at my university solaris system, locally on my
> account on the system, and use that repository from my portable computer and
> from my stationary computer at home? How? I know nothing about CVS.
> David.
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