[cvsnt] Running Norton Anti-Virus On the CVSNT Server

Tony Hoyle tmh at nodomain.org
Wed Dec 25 01:09:06 GMT 2002

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Gates, Donald T wrote:

> Starting with "Release 63", there is a screen in the CVSNT installer
> warning that using the 'Filesystem Realtime Protection' feature that is a
> part of Symantec's Norton Antivirus may lead to irrevocable corruption of
> the repository.
> Could I get some more detail on this possibility? Is turning it off the
> only way to prevent this from occurring, or is it possible to leave
> Filesystem Realtime Protection (FRP) on, but exclude the location of the
> CVS Repository from the FRP's "protection"?
It breaks the filesystem.  What seems to be happening is what gets written
to the temp files that cvs uses is different to what is read back.  This is
fatal... if it was doing something like deleting the files you'd just get
an error, but Norton is return 'ok' then returning junk.

You end up with a repository where the diffs end up as diffs based on the
wrong data (usually an empty file) which is pretty irretrevable.


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