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How to Connect WinCVS 1.3b10 to New CVS 1.11.5 pserver?

From: Peter Connolly
Subject: How to Connect WinCVS 1.3b10 to New CVS 1.11.5 pserver?
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 16:22:18 -0800

We're testing out the new version of CVS 1.11.5 on a new pserver 
(Solaris 5.8) using port 2402.  All of our cross-platform access 
(i.e., Solaris, Linux & Win2K) to this new port and version 
check out okay **except** for WinCVS.  We're using WinCVS 1.3b10.  
There are two problems:

1) Switching to the new client in the Admin, Preferences, WinCVS 
   dialog box ("Alternate cvs executable (NOTE...")
   Doing any command (e.g., status on a CVS file) yields the following:
   C:\cygwin\bin\cvs.exe: invalid option -- c
   Usage: cvs.exe [cvs-options] command [command-options-and-arguments]
     where cvs-options are -q, -n, etc.
       (specify --help-options for a list of options)
     where command is add, admin, etc.
       (specify --help-commands for a list of commands
        or --help-synonyms for a list of command synonyms)
     where command-options-and-arguments depend on the specific command
       (specify -H followed by a command name for command-specific help)
     Specify --help to receive this message
   The Concurrent Versions System (CVS) is a tool for version control.
   For CVS updates and additional information, see
       the CVS home page at or
       Pascal Molli's CVS site at
   And WinCVS hangs, even after pressing the "Stop" button.  
   It has to be killed from the Win2K Task Manager.
2) Using the embedded client, but pointing WinCVS at the new CVS port (2402)
   This time there is no override for the client, but we add the new 
   port number '2402' to the Admin, Preferences, WinCVS dialog box
   ("General" tab, adding 2402 to the front of the 'path' entry so that
   the resulting CVSROOT line reads something like:
   An update to any directory shows that the old server is being accessed:
   cvs update -P -d (in directory C:\cygwin\home\Administrator\cvs\java\....)
   cvs-1.10.7 server: Updating .
   cvs-1.10.7 server: Updating core
   cvs-1.10.7 server: Updating view
   ***** CVS exited normally with code 0 *****

It appears that there are two obstacles to upgrading WinCVS to the
new version of CVS.  

1) Some modifications to CVS are needed in order to be able to
   talk successfully to WinCVS.  Any idea how/where to make these

2) WinCVS doesn't appear to handle alternate pserver ports.
   I know there is a sub-dialog box under Admin, Preferences,
   General, Settings, but that generates a CVSROOT entry that
   looks totally bogus (i.e., address@hidden:2402:/cvs/path)
   and doesn't work either.  What's the trick to getting WinCVS
   to use alternate port numbers?


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