[cvsnt] Re: rcsdiff -q

Siegfried Heintze siegfried at heintze.com
Mon Oct 18 16:46:40 BST 2004

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Hey guys,
I'm very intrigued by Matt's posting. I hope he is still subscribing.

I'm running CVSNT and emacs. I want to put my c:\.emacs in a repository. See
"More details" below if your interested in history. When I try Matt's
command c-u c-x v v rcs it never gets to prompt me for the "rcs". Instead I
get a dialog box that says "Something bad happened to CVSNT. Do you want a
crash dump". I say no and then I get a dialog box about an accvio. 

Is there a native Win2003 command that is the counter part of the Unix/Linux
ln command that would create a hard link to c:\.emacs? That would solve the

I have discovered, however, that I can use the command line commands for rcs
"co" and "ci" to keep track of my revisions for .emacs.

It would be nicer to be able to check in and check out from emacs using RCS.
It would be even nicer to use CVSNT on my c:\.emacs.

Oh, and incidently, when I try c-x v b, I get the message "no other back end
to switch to". That is strange! RCS is obviously installed and working.

More details:
When I tried to create a repository in my top level directory cvs.exe failed
with some horrible error message. I had posted that error message earlier in
this mailing list and received no response. Previous to that (as per the
suggestion on this mailing list) I posted a query in the emacs forum on how
to put the .emacs under version control. No luck. I had even tried to use
Cygwin (I'm running windows 2003 server) "ln" command to create a link but
had no luck (I posted in the Cygwin mailing list but no luck there either).

-----Original Message-----
From: cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org [mailto:cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org] On Behalf Of
Matthew Heaney
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2004 9:39 AM
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Subject: Re: [cvsnt] Re: rcsdiff -q

"Torsten Martinsen" <torsten at tiscali.dk> wrote in message
news:mailman.2047.1097679461.21094.cvsnt at cvsnt.org...
> Matthew Heaney wrote:
> I don't understand why you say that Emacs wants it. Standard out-of-the
> box Emacs will automatically use CVS as the backend when there is a CVS
> directory, and this works fine. Why is it that you want to switch
> backend to RCS?

Yes, but I'm only using CVS for remote updates.  (See

I am frequently away from a network (either in a car, or on a plane, or in a
airport, etc), and I need a way to keep track of local changes to source
until I can get back on a network.

Emacs vc mode allows you to change backends, so you can use RCS while you're
off network.  When you get back on network, then you switch back to CVS, and
check in your local changes.

See the vc commands:

C-u C-x v v rcs


C-x v b

Perhaps it is possible to use CVSNT for keep track of local changes, too,
but I have never used CVS this way.  (The CVSNT service isn't even
installed, so I don't know whether a "local CVS" backend would even be
possible for me.)

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