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Re: Ye olde issue of symlinks

From: Pierre Asselin
Subject: Re: Ye olde issue of symlinks
Date: 25 Sep 2001 21:28:11 -0500

Simon Perreault <address@hidden> writes:

>We are programming a WWW administration interface (think Webmin), and so 
>there are project files scattered all over the test machine's filesystem. 
>What we do is that every programmer has its own development machine (be it 
>VMware or physical) and mounts every partition using NFS. Then we have our 
>personal ~/cvs directory which contains tons of symlinks to files and 
>directories on the NFS-mounted partitions.

You are trying to share ,v files across multiple repositories using
symbolic links and NFS mounts?  Be glad it doesn't work!  If it did,
you would soon corrupt your repositories due to missed locks, not to
mention  NFS bugs.  You're also trying to manage entire filesystems
with CVS, and that doesn't work well.

What you need:
    1)  A central repository, accessed through pserver or ext,
        *not* NFS mounts.
    2)  Sandboxes for each developer.
    3)  A simple `make install' step that copies files from the
        sandbox to all over the development machine's filesystem.

Your approach was common with RCS, but CVS is different.

Pierre Asselin
Westminster, Colorado

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