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Re: Newbie Q: "cannot open CVS/Entries for reading"

From: Mike Ayers
Subject: Re: Newbie Q: "cannot open CVS/Entries for reading"
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2002 12:03:06 -0700
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Larry Jones wrote:
Mike Ayers writes:

So if you are using CVS properly, the CVSROOT env var never comes into play.

I think you're overstating the case.  Most people just use a single
repository and even people who use multiple repositories usually have
one repository that they use more often than others.  In those cases, it
makes sense to set $CVSROOT so you don't have to explicitly set it on
the command line even for checkout (or import!) in most cases.

Whoops! That should have read "may never" or "almost never", assuming that checking out clean trees or importing are rarely done. In either case, setting an environmental variable, the procedure intended for making permanent changes to one's computing environment, does not seem to be the proper way to do this. I am glad for the new way, and push it, because CVSROOT was never a good way to do this.


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