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Re: CVS over NFS

From: Gianni Mariani
Subject: Re: CVS over NFS
Date: Mon, 06 May 2002 20:44:20 -0700
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Shatzer, Larry wrote:

I've looked over the archives and see that CVS+NFS = bad. But in what
aspect? From the archives it appears where the clients access the
repository, in a non client/server method, using NFS is bad. What if the
server you have, running pserver/ext/ect itself is the only machine
accessing an NFS shared directory?

What I am faced with is rolling CVS out to our mid sized company, and we are
faced with disk space issues, and have a fairly large NAS, that will have
space allocated for CVS repositories. What I want to do is have the main
development server running CVS, which has the CVS repository mounted via

This relates only to the repository, not to work areas.

My experience with NFS file locking is that it does not allways work (on almost any platform). NFS file locking may have improved and it may be less of an issue now but there is no reason to risk it since there are other more reliable alternatives. I have used pserver mode pretty much exclusively in installations I use and it works best for cross platform development.

I have used cvs work areas on nfs and cifs shares without any problems.

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