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RE: Setting up a new CVSNT or Linux server ??

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: Setting up a new CVSNT or Linux server ??
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2004 09:36:43 -0400

Paul Nusbaum wrote:
> I am 'fairly' new to the world of CVS (I come from the 
> ClearCase world J) - and am in the process of 
> researching/setting up CVS for a small team of approx. 8 developers.
> I have briefly experienced WinCVS (Win2000) with a Linux CVS 
> server in the past.
> I am looking into the options - CVSNT for a server, or possibly Linux.
> Do you have any suggestions on which would be better and why, 
> or any other suggestions?
You're asking a list which primarily has UNIX users whether Linux or Windows
is better, and you expect an unbiased opinion?!?! :=)

Seriously, though, as far as I know, CVSNT and GNU CVS (by which I mean the
version hosted out of are equally capable servers. Are there
specific features you require? For example, I don't know if CVSNT supports
SSH. It does, however, support ssapi, which (AIUI) uses operating-system
authentication to provide a similar level of protection.

Another prime consideration is: which server platform would you rather set
up and maintain, a *nix box, or a Windows box? If nobody in your department
has any experience administering *nix, then Windows is probably your
preferred platform. The preferred platform will pretty much dictate which
version you use.

Also keep in mind that whatever you choose today is not "your final answer."
If you later decide to switch server platforms, then moving the repository
is a simple matter of copying the repository files from one server to
another (be sure to use a "binary" mode transfer to avoid corrupting the

Jim Hyslop
Senior Software Designer
Leitch Technology International Inc. (
Columnist, C/C++ Users Journal (

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