[Cvsnt] Can't see repository in WinCVS 1.3

Bo Berglund bo.berglund at telia.com
Thu May 2 08:32:00 BST 2002

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You cannot 'see' anything in the repository at all! The CVS system has
no method of displaying the contents of the repository or allow a user
to 'browse' for some interesting stuff to check out. It is simply not

What you do with CVS is:
1. Set up the server with a repository folder (all version controlled
files get information about them stored here by the server, but it is
in a special non-usable format for your development application).

2. Import a source module into CVS using the import command

3. Check out the imported module to a working area on your local hard
disk. This is the step you missed and it is crucial, you MUST do this.
The checkout must be done to an empty workspace because cvs needs to
set up some local directories for version control as well. The
directory from which you imported the files is not usable for a
working area.
Note that in this step you must *know* the name of the module on the
server because there is no way for you to browse the repository.

4. Develop your application in the working area by editing the source
files there.

5. As often as you like you commit your changes to the cvs server
which keeps track of every single committed revision for all coming
time. You can get every one back out later.

Repeat cycle 4-5 as often as you need.

Note on browsing:
There is a way to add a second service to the cvs server so that you
can 'browse' the contents of the repository. This is by adding CVSWeb
to the server. But then you also need to add a web server to the
server PC (Microsoft Internet Information Server) because it runs as a
web browsing service.

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On Thu, 2 May 2002 02:16:55 +0000 (UTC), "Durante, Elsa"
<elsa_durante at hp.com> wrote:

>I just installed CVSNT on my server with Environment Variables
>CVSROOT as :ntserver:servername:c:/cvs and HOME as C:/  I am using CVSWin
> on the same machine (this is a test installation). I am logged in
>with my NT domain account which has administrator access to all directories.
>I can open CVSWin just fine. I can see everything in the C: drive **except**
>the CVS repository C:/cvs. I created another repository root C:/TEST using
>the applet. I move to the TEST directory and try to add a new project by
>going to Create/Import Module.... I then select a directory on a diskette. I
>add it and it says it does it with success (no error messages). The new
>module does not appear in the TEST directory, instead it ends up in the
>C:/cvs directory which is the directory I cannot see in WinCVS.  My
>expectation is that the new directory will appear in the TEST directory. Am
>I missing something here?
>Also, does anyone know of any good documentation on CVSNT? It seems like its
>slim pickins for Windows people.
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