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sylinks in fs pointing to cvs files [owned by root]

From: Harry Putnam
Subject: sylinks in fs pointing to cvs files [owned by root]
Date: Sun, 26 May 2002 07:59:31 -0700
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I'm only a light user of cvs, and use it to keep track of my config
files on home machines, as well as my home projects.

One thing that seems convienient to me is to have basic system config
files like /etc/hosts /etc/syslog.conf and quite a few more in cvs and
only symlinks in the fs pointing to them.

However some of the basic config files will not work unless owned by

How can I conveniently work around the issue of root not being allowed
to commit in cvs repository?  With any files owned by root inside the
repository then no one else can run `cvs commit'.  At least not if
those files are involved.

The easiest way seems like it would be forcing cvs to allow root
commits.  But the one time I tried compiling for that, it never really

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