[cvsnt] CVS_CLIENT_LOG (Invalid change text)

Boyd Meier bmeier at acornsys.com
Mon Jan 27 16:10:03 GMT 2003

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Hi Lionello,

	As to your questions, I'm not sure about if everyone's invalid change text
problem is of the same nature as mine.  I've been using cvsnt on unix for
about a year, and cvsnt on Win2K for almost two years prior, and we've only
had 4 or 5 files crop up with this problem.  I know Tony has been trying to
debug this, so I thought I'd publish what I'd seen.
	To me it looks like somehow the client or server dropped the empty line at
the end of the file when saving it to the rcs file, but it is certainly not
something that happens consistently.  I have lots of files that end in the
same manner that have no problems.  One possibility is that we have a
"realtime" virus scanner running on the client side, and that is known to
cause sporadic problems.
	I don't know of an automated repository checker, but I think one could be
built fairly simply using rcs tools.  Fixing them depends on what exactly
the problem is in general.  I'm not sure if Tony has any more information on
what other people are seeing.


-----Original Message-----
From: cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org [mailto:cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org]On Behalf
Of Lionello Lunesu
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2003 2:52 AM
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Subject: Re: [cvsnt] CVS_CLIENT_LOG (Invalid change text)

Hi Boyd, others,

1) Why was there a line missing in the latest version? Is this a bug in
2) Do you think there's a way to automate this check'n'fix process? Does a
repository checker/fixer exist? With the number of invalid change texts we
have now, I'd really to check them and either fix the corrupt version, or
delete the version including all the older ones.


"Boyd Meier" <bmeier at acornsys.com> wrote in message
news:mailman.11.1043422408.22290.cvsnt at cvsnt.org...
> One thing that you might want to try is the following:
> 1) Copy the *,v file in question out of the repository to a local
> 2) Use rcs co to try to check out the version in question from the *,v
> The rcs tool *may* give you specific information about the problem with
> change text.  In my case it said that the change marker specified a line
> past the end of the file.  When I actually edited the ,v file, I found
> the latest version checked in was missing a blank line at the end of the
> file, when I added that in, the file worked properly.  I hate editing the
> repository directly, but that is the only way to fix this.
> Boyd

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