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RE: win32 questions

From: Conrad T. Pino
Subject: RE: win32 questions
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 13:59:32 -0800

> From: Arnold Wiegert
> I've just downloaded the win32 version of the cvs client to be used with 
> tkcvs (under WinME) and had to do a lot of digging to resolve some basic 
> installation problems.

I've never used Windows ME and won't speculate about it's behavior.

> The problems I ran into was the strict requirement to have the 
> environment variables HOMEDIR and HOMEPATH defined and even so the cvs 
> client seemed very  particular about the format. It seems it does not 
> like or accept trailing slashes nor an empty string or non-existent 
> entry for HOMEPATH.

Please note the HOMEDIR variable is NOT used by CVS.  I presume you meant
HOMEDRIVE variable.

I work with Windows 2000 which defines HOMEDRIVE and HOMEPATH to point to
logged in user's profile and does work since Windows 2000 constructs both
variables in proper form.

CVS also checks for the existence of the "HOME" variable and will use that
value if it exists and ignores "HOMEDRIVE" and "HOMEPATH".  If Windows ME
isn't constructing "HOMEDRIVE" and "HOMEPATH" as required then try defining
"HOME" instead.

> Then it refused to create the file .cvspass if it does not exist in the 
> specified path and under WinME it is a bit tricky to create .cvspass - a 
> file without a file name in WInME's opinions :-).
> Surely I can't be the only one to be using cvs in this environment?

In fact you just may be.

CVS for Win32 doesn't gets no testing as a separate port.  The bulk of
testing is UNIX based and past practice has shown that if CVS works on
UNIX then it generally but not always works on Windows.

CVS 1.11.18 was a recent exception; no binary for Windows was released.

I wouldn't be surprised to learn that all CVS developers working with
the CVS Win32 port are also Windows NT/2000/2003 and NTFS users only.

Based on the limited information provided so far I can't tell if your
issue is a correctable configuration problem or might be a bug.  I'd
appreciate feedback either way.

> Are there any information files that I missed?

I don't have an answer for this question.

> TIA,
> Arnold


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