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Re: Edit archive to correct corruption?

From: Todd Denniston
Subject: Re: Edit archive to correct corruption?
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 13:47:49 -0500
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Matthew Rich wrote, On 11/15/2007 12:31 PM:
I'm getting this error when tring to get a log on this file:

cvs server: warning: duplicate key `log' in version `' of RCS file 
cvs server:               warning: duplicate key `text' in version `' 
of RCS file 
cvs server:               warning: duplicate key `text' in version `' 
of RCS file 
cvs [server aborted]: Movable pointer not within rcs buffer - aborting
Error, CVS operation failed

I have had this error in the past but it has happened on new files and thus rebuilding them was not a big deal. It there a way to edit the archive to fix this?

Perhaps, but make sure you have a GOOD RESTORE-ABLE backup first, so you can get back to the state you are currently at.
I have been able to look at the archive using wordpad but I can see nothing that jump out as an error.

As you mention wordpad, one has to ask:
Is your server Unix or Windows based?
Are all of your clients Windows based?
which versions of CVS and CVSNT are you using?

Also since the version is mentioned, would the problem be located in that version?

Or around it.

If this is the version causing the problem it is old (early 06) and
it would be a big effort to rebuild the archive.


Suggestions so that we can give you some better feed back:
1) tell us what your CVSROOT variable looks like.
2) if CVSROOT does not contain :ext:, :pserver: or :extssh:, tell us if that location is physically on your client machine or a network share. 3) while no one else is using the repository run validate_repo[1] or check_cvs[2], which may exist on your cvs server system already, i.e., for Fedora core 4 there exists /usr/share/cvs/contrib/check_cvs. This script tries to find any other things that may be wrong with the repository, and when you find one problem like you have above, you may have others.

[1]*checkout*/ccvs/contrib/ [2]

Todd Denniston
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane)
Harnessing the Power of Technology for the Warfighter

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