[cvsnt] Re: compatibility cvsnt w/ cvs 1.11.x (cyclic)

Rick Silton rick_silton at yahoo.com
Tue May 20 16:44:08 BST 2003

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Thanks - that makes me breath a bit easier!

- Rick

Tony Hoyle wrote:

> Rick Silton wrote:

> > I'm hoping to use CVSNT (will be running on Linux if that matters) but I
> > noticed some comments on the wiki documentation that have me concerned. 
> > In particular, I need to be able to build my repository from a lot of
> > existing
> > RCS files.  I have, and was planning on using the rcs-to-cvs.sh script
> > (contributed by Per Cederqvist ,David MacKenzie, Brian Berliner, et.al.)
> > but I saw, in http://www.cvsnt.org/wiki/ViewCvs, the following comment
> > that makes me think this won't work:

> The 2.0.x RCS file format is identical to the CVS 1.11 one, so it's
> bidirectionally compatible (as long as you don't use any CVSNT features
> like Unicode).  It isn't the same as RCS 5.7, but then neither is CVS
> 1.11...  ViewCVS has problems because it uses RCS to access the CVS files,
> which just happens to work a lot of the time, but not 100% of the time.

> > Lastly, I have a fairly large number of users that will be running their
> > clients on linux (either command line or cervisia), and I cannot ensure
> > that they will upgrade to CVSNT (even though I intend to give them a RPM
> > install).  Obviously they won't be able to take advantage of the new
> > capabilities, but are there other issues that I should be aware of?  It
> > appears the basic commands (co, update, commit, etc) work, but given the

> From the client point of view the server is identical (at least if the
> clients are standard CVS clients...  3rd party ones sometimes glitch, but
> standard stuff is pretty much guaranteed to work).

> >>"The repository format is compatible going back to CVSNT 1.3. But see
> > [CvsChapter102 11.6.5 Using >watches with old versions of CVS], if you
> > [have

> CVS 1.3 was about 6 years ago...  there isn't a CVSNT version below 1.11
> (the quoted text is verbatim from the old CVS manual).

> Tony

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