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Re: cvs [export aborted]: must specify a tag or date

From: Mark D. Baushke
Subject: Re: cvs [export aborted]: must specify a tag or date
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 21:17:56 -0700

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My best guess is that the problem version is not properly identifying
'now' as a valid time. I don't have a cvs 1.11.17 version on any of my
boxes and I currently do not have access to AIX.

One way to help figure out where the problem is happening is to set the
environment variable CVS_CLIENT_LOG to something like /tmp/$USER.client
and then do a command like:

    cvs export -D now CVSROOT/modules

and now look in /tmp/$ and see if you see something like:

$ cvs export -D now CVSROOT/modules
Valid-responses ...elided...
Argument CVSROOT/modules
Directory .
Argument -N
Argument -D
Argument 15 Mar 2008 04:11:56 -0000
Argument --
Argument CVSROOT/modules
Directory .

The 'now' when I ranthe command was the date you see as an argument in
the above block.

If you do not see a valid date, but instead see 'now' or some such text
string listed, then you will have a good idea what happened.

If the $ file does not exist, then the error you are
getting is coming from the client itself.

        Good luck,
        -- Mark

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