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Re: [commit aborted] cannot rename file ,xxx, to file,v: file exists

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: [commit aborted] cannot rename file ,xxx, to file,v: file exists
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2002 15:55:39 -0400 (EDT)

McMurray, James writes:
> cvs.exe [commit aborted] cannot rename file ,filename, to filename,v: file
> exits.

,filename, is the new RCS file -- after it's been completely written
successfully, CVS renames it to filename,v, atomically replacing the
existing RCS file (if any).  This ensures that you don't get a partial
RCS file (or *no* RCS file!) if the system just happens to crash at an
inopportune time.  In your case, that rename is failing, which indicates
some kind of a permission problem in the repository.  The most common
source of screwy permission problems is using a network file system
(particularly Samba) to access the repository rather than using client/
server CVS like you should.

-Larry Jones

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