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Re: corrupted RCS-files with x0

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: corrupted RCS-files with x0
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 11:17:07 -0500 (EST)

Claudia Peter writes:
> we moved our cvs-server from solaris to linux and since then we got 
> corrupted RCS-files. The symptoms are always the same: in the *,v-file 
> are after the "desc @@" are a lot of x0 (the number of x0 changes).

That certainly *sounds* like the typical NFS corruption -- if you dump
the repository file, is the string of zeros an integral number of disk
blocks long and on a block boundary?  (Disk blocks are usually 512 or
1024 bytes long.)  If so, then there's almost certainly a serious bug in
the relevant file system code or the disk subsystem.

> The files get corrupted when checking out or 
> tagging.

Checkout doesn't modify the repository file so it's impossible for
checkout to *cause* corruption, although it will certainly report it if
it exists.

> Any hint will be helpfull

If you can reproduce the problem, it would be helpful to see a
repository file both before and after the corruption.

-Larry Jones

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