[cvsnt] CVS v. CVSNT

Oliver Giesen ogware at gmx.net
Fri Jul 16 08:50:09 BST 2004

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Siegfried Heintze wrote:
> Since I just went thru hell because of some glaring problems with the
> documentation (specifically the cvsnt chm file)

I'm not at all saying the docs are not in need of improvement/update but 
I wonder what exactly those glaring problems you had were? AFAICT from 
the discussion so far your main (sole?) problem was that you were mixing 
Cygwin and CVSNT clients which as we now know won't work as Cygwin 
simulates *ix-file system behaviour while CVSNT knows it's running on 
Windows and expects files to behave like that too. The only allusion you 
made to the docs in this context so far was that you were using the 
Cygwin bash because the docs were continually referring to Unix-style 
paths and shell syntax. Maybe this would be a bit more comprehensible if 
you understand about the history of that document: It was forged 
directly from the original "Cederqvist", i.e. the standard manual for 
the original CVS which AFAIK was written when CVS still ran on Unix 
only. After all CVSNT does run on *ix too so none of that is actually 
wrong. What's missing in many places of the doc are extended 
descriptions of Windows-specific stuff and differences or at least hints 
to the effect that the shell syntax and standard paths would be slightly 
different there or at least a clear note saying that all the examples 
refer to *ix.

 > perhaps I should volunteer
> to correct them.

You are of course more than welcome to do so, even though I'm still not 
sure there's anything to "correct". "Enhance" and "complete" would be 
more like it I think.


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