[cvsnt] Using CVSNT with repository on SAMBA drive

Bo Berglund bo.berglund at telia.com
Wed Aug 28 00:14:57 BST 2002

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I think that if the developers commit their stuff regularly (when they
leave at night) then there is really no need for a workstation backup
to be done. I assume that your repository on the W2000 box *will* be
backed up nightly of course.
This is how I have been running my shop for 18 months now with 5-8
developers using CVS. No problems so far, but I use the CVSMailer
program to monitor activity so I can see when a lazy developer does
not commit so I can tell him.
A side effect of having the sandbox locally is that all compiles and
builds speed up something wonderful. No time to go for coffee or smoke
during a build anymore...

If you are really not wanting developers to commit daily changes
(why?) then you could set up a backup task on each workstation to run
at night. You could use the backup that is shipped with W2000 and
WinXP and target a file on the samba server or another Windows server)
as the volume to backup to. This will create a backup file on the
server which can in turn be backed up to tape. This way you will get
all backups you need. Of course the developers must leave the
workstations switched on nightly for this scheme to work.


On Tue, 27 Aug 2002 15:55:33 -0700, "David McAvoy"
<David.McAvoy at PerComm.com> wrote:

>Hi (Tony, Bo),
>Thanks for the info... By the way, how do you manage backing up files on
>PC's?  That's why having the repository and its working copies on a file
>server is
>desirable in this case.
>Also, I discovered that other applications such as emacs have no problem
>deleting files
>called ",Makefile," etc. from the Samba drive, so it appears that Samba is
>necessarily the problem in this case, although with my limited resources I
>can only test on
>Samba shares and regular Windows 2K shares (which work).  Also, if one uses
>a file
>name such as ",Makefile," in the PC shell one must use quotes to escape it,
>otherwise it
>is rejected as an invalid file name.
>Please don't take my comment above as indicating that I don't
>your comments about file locking and such.  I appreciate your comments on
>matter and will move the repository to the service machine.  However, this
>will probably
>cause a lot of backup issues!
>I did read your previous comments regarding this issue and unfortunately I
>thought you
>were referring to the instance in which "exec", style of access was used to
>obtain access
>to a repository shared to the users computer.  I didn't realize that you
>were referring
>to the NT service accessed through the "sspi" or other mechanism.  I suppose
>this means
>that the service is serving CVS commands from users in a multi-threaded
>By the way Tony, did you notice you are sending three replies to everything?
>Thanks for the help everyone,
>  David.
>"Tony Hoyle" <tmh at nothing-on.tv> wrote in message
>news:3D6BDEDD.8010404 at nothing-on.tv...
>> David McAvoy wrote:
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > I use CVS NT with repository on SAMBDA drive, however naming conversion
>> > causes issues with ,Makefile, etc. RCS file locks when CVS NT server
>> > to
>> > delete them from repository.
>> Do not do this.
>> > Does anyone have any suggestions regarding an smb.conf file that might
>> > the
>> > samba server to work with files of this type?
>> Don't do it.  It won't work.  Use a server talking to its own local
>> drive instead.
>> Tony

(Bo Berglund, developer in Sweden)

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