[cvsnt] cvs-emacs

Richard Lovell Richard.Lovell at terralink.co.nz
Fri Nov 7 03:05:38 GMT 2003

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A reply to Torsten, inadvertantly not copied to the group.

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Lovell 
Sent: Friday, 7 November 2003 2:18 p.m.
To: 'Torsten Martinsen'
Subject: RE: [cvsnt] cvs-emacs

Hi Thorsten,

A big thanks for your input so far.

>On Windows or on Unix?

>Yes it does - CVS is normally used as a client-server system. The cvs 
>executable is both a server and a client.
>Emacs requires either
Thanks for clearing up my misconception. Because I had been using jCVS I
didnt look closely enough to see that cvsnt is also a client.

>a) that the path to the cvs executable is explicitly set up in .emacs
Actually, I have done this in pcl-cvs.el to avoid changing .emacs for each

b) the cvs executable is in the PATH.
For us emacs is the dvpt environment of a GIS package, which we run across a
network. We set a whole lot of environment variables when loading emacs. To
amend PATH would be straight forward. 

Anyway, the pathing doesn't seem to be the issue here, as I can use a cmd
shell to communicate with cvsnt without problem. I'm not sure if it's the
parsing of the response from cvs.exe or our config of emacs and the
inter-process communication. Whenever I communicate from within emacs using
pcl-cvs commands it crashes the session. If I use a shell within emacs it
gobbles the cpu entirely and stays there.

Our version of emacs (20.3) recommends using cmdproxy.exe (which comes with
the distribution) instead of cmd.exe. This has been set up as per the


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