[cvsnt] Re: Annotate Commands?

Jay j.javed at sherara.com
Tue May 18 16:53:50 BST 2004

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I did, but I had problems installing it. I can't remember exactly what 
the problem was now, I've tried so many things and come up against so 
many errors it's all a haze. I do remember that I didn't manage to get 
it working at all though (and yes, I did install the relevant stuff for 
it too). I did manage to get CVSWeb working, but the annotate feature on 
that was broken. However, I will go through the script for ViewCVS to 
see how its generating the annotate page and hopefully see if there's a 
clue as to what I'm doing wrong. Thanks for the help

Bo Berglund wrote:
> Did you also look at ViewCvs?
> This I know from personal experience works with CVSNT and it displays an annotate
> screen too. Here is a link to annotate on a ViewCvs source file at sourceforge:
> http://cvs.sourceforge.net/viewcvs.py/viewcvs/viewcvs/lib/config.py?annotate=1.62
> The main page is at:
> http://viewcvs.sourceforge.net/
> and the browsable base page at:
> http://sourceforge.net/cvs/?group_id=18760
> Bo
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org [mailto:cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org]On Behalf
> Of Jay
> Sent: den 18 maj 2004 16:08
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> Subject: Re: [cvsnt] Re: Annotate Commands?
> Bo Berglund wrote:
>>Since you are writing advanced cvs command scripts it was assumed you knew
>>about the meaning of "sandbox"....
>>The "sandbox" is s short word for a working file set checked out of CVS.
>>In each of the file set folders there is a hidden CVS subfolder containing
>>vital administrative files for the management of the file set.
>>Any cvs command issued within a sandbox folder will see by the existence
>>of the CVS subfolder that this is a sandbox and go there to pick up all 
>>the needed extra data like which server to connect to using which protocol etc.
> Fair comment, you are right, and thanks for explaining it. Yes, I have 
> all that (the hidden CVS folder within each directory). Just for the 
> record though, I'm not actually writing these scripts myself. I'm trying 
> to use Chora, but it's not working. I know next to nothing about CVS and 
> hence I'm just starting off now. However, I do know my way around PHP 
> like the back of my hand, so I've gone through the code to find out 
> where the errors are. It is quite buggy (especially on a windows 
> platform, which is cause for all the bugs, I'd imagine it works fine on 
> Unix).
> Anyway, to cut a long story short, I'm stuck at this point now where it 
> sends the request to the cvs executable to return the results of an 
> annotation for a particular file. I've also checked out CVSWeb which 
> uses an almost identical approach. Both use 'annotate' as opposed to 
> 'rannotate', and both reference the repository. There is no reference at 
> any time to the sandbox or working directory. The file paths it sends to 
> the executable are completely messed up, and hence I'm not sure exactly 
> what they're supposed to be or what they're supposed to represent, hence 
> I'm trying to work out what it's supposed to be and how to get it to 
> work on Windows.
> What's supposed to happen is that the temporary file location is 
> supposed to contain the output of the annotation, for further parsing 
> into a web readable format. But nothing is being written to the file. I 
> could change the paths to point to the sandbox (C:/Web Sites/Cinema/ is 
> the folder containing everything), but I'm not sure where this would 
> need to be specified.
> Just in case I'm not understanding what annotate is actually supposed to 
> do, or perhaps not explained clearly, this script is supposed to display 
> a specific file (specific to version number too) and basically display 
> it line by line with comments on the side as to who inserted any 
> particular line, and in what version it was inserted/changed. You can 
> see an example of this here:
> http://res1.stddev.appstate.edu/horde/chora/annotate.php/phpwebsite/index.php?rev=1.71
> That's not my site btw, just some random one which allowed public access 
> and used Chora.
> Thanks
> Jay
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