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Re: Issues with network file systems and CVS

From: Frederic Brehm
Subject: Re: Issues with network file systems and CVS
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 16:01:18 -0400

At 02:57 PM 9/17/2002, Matthew Navarre wrote:
Could someone explain to me the issues with mounting the repo via a network

Here's what happened to us: a file was corrupted and we could not recover older versions. (Our backup administrator failed to verify that the backup system was in fact backing up the disk.) It delayed our development for nearly a day while we tried to recover.

Do you want something like this to happen when a deadline is looming? Even if your backup system is good? I thought not!

Use client-server CVS.

The technical reason for the failure has to do with locking in the repository. Locking is a tricky thing to do in a distributed system. Implementations often have subtle bugs.


Frederic W. Brehm, Sarnoff Corporation,

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