[cvsnt] "Permission denied" due to no CD in drive!

John Tombs John.Tombs at tadiran-us.com
Thu Sep 5 20:00:01 BST 2002

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Here's an obscure reason for a misleading error message. Scenario:

CVSROOT=:pserver:John at myserver:e:/cvs
Client running cvsnt build 57h on XP Pro
"cvs import" issues error messages like:
cvs import: cannot open e:/cvs/projects/MyProject/.perms: Permission denied

It turns out that "cvs import" tries to open e:\cvs\MyProject\.perms on the
*client*. Normally the file doesn't exist but the error message is
suppressed due to an "existence_error" check in the code. But on my client,
e: happens to be a CD-ROM drive and happened also to have nothing in it.
This evidently generated some different error code leading to the warning
above. Inserting a CD eliminated the error message.

Just trying to save others from the same grief.


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