[cvsnt] Something bad happened to CVSNT

David Somers dsomers at trevezel.com
Sat Jul 10 23:11:11 BST 2004

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After using cvsnt for many, many months, I finally managed to crash the
cvsnt server; I got the cute 'Something bad happened to CVSNT' message :).
It also locked my Win 2003 sever quite amazingly... it appeared that the CPU
was looping somewhere in cvsnt and not enough cycles were available for me
to login as admin and reset the system properly... I had to resort to the
BIG RED SWITCH (well, actually the small silver coloured push button, but I
still fondly remember the days when it would have been a Big Red Switch).

I'm running 2.0.41a at both client and server ends.

What I was doing was, IMHO, quite innocent ;-)

I've got two snapshots of a web site that I'm bringing into cvsnt. So, I
thought I'd use the import feature, and in particular, make use of the -n
feature (which is where I think the problem could be).

This is what I was doing:

in a directory containing the first snapshot:
cvs import -d -ko -I! -m "snapshot" -n www
followed by
cvs rtag D_2001-07-25 www

All works well.

Then, moving into the second directory containing the second snapshot:

cvs -t import -d -ko -I! -m "snapshot" -n www

And this is where things go wrong. It appears to process all the files, but
on the last file the client just sits there.

This is what I get:

cvs server: Importing D:/CVS/REPO/trevezel/www/downloads
N www/downloads/draft-somers-ftp-mfxx-00.html
S -> set_repository_version((null),(null))
N www/downloads/draft-somers-ftp-mfxx-00.txt
S -> set_repository_version((null),(null))

ctrl-c stops it (although at this stage the cvsnt server it is a bit of a
wobbly state, and the best thing to do is stop then restart it... otherwise
'Something bad happened to CVSNT' will happen).

The funny thing is that after restarting the cvsnt service, the second
import seems to have worked fine... all the files are there.

Has anybody else had any problems like this? I assume its because I'm using
the -n option with import... if I use import without -n and specify vendor
and release tags all works well.

Greetings from Luxembourg,


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