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Re: Symlinks and CVSROOT

From: Eric Siegerman
Subject: Re: Symlinks and CVSROOT
Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 13:15:17 -0400
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On Thu, May 16, 2002 at 10:20:48AM -0400, Lorne Gutz wrote:
> >   CVS doesn't like it when CVSROOT
> >   is a symlink rather than a real directory.
> >
> >   -Larry Jones
> My system uses links to the CVS repository, and I have never had a problem
> with the links.

Same here; I've set up several repo's this way, with never a

Not to cast doubt on your comments, Larry -- you certainly know
the code a lot better than I do -- but rather to understand more
  - What's the problem with this?

  - Why might it work in some situations but not in others?

  - I find this technique quite useful (obviously).  Would it be
    feasible to change CVS to make it as dependable for everyone
    as it seems to be for me?  (N.B.: I'm simply asking for an
    opinion, not for you to do the work.)

I refer specifically to allowing the repository's root (i.e. the
pathname referred to in prefix -d, $CVSROOT, and the .../CVS/Root
files) to be a symlink; *not* to allowing symlinks *within* that


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