[cvsnt] Error reading from server ####: -1: Unknown Error

Jakob Kruse kruse at kruse-net.dk
Sun Oct 16 15:21:27 BST 2005

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New findings - and I still need a fix for this extremely annoying problem 
rather urgently:

One of my colleagues has no problem on his existing development machine when 
updating/committing under his own username. However, if he tries to do a 
checkout under another username (one which has not previously been used on 
that particular machine), he gets the "Error reading from server" error.

Please help!


"Jakob Kruse" <kruse at kruse-net.dk> wrote in message 
news:di5b1t$fd1$1 at paris.nodomain.org...
> Same problem here, after upgrading server from 2.0 to 2.5.
> I made a small test: Put a couple different versions of CVS executables on 
> a USB key, plugged it into every machine I could get my hands on and 
> tested. Results are non-conclusive. On 3 of the machines I have tested, 
> every connection attempt fails with "Error reading from server 
> localhost: -1: Unknown error". On 4 other machines everything works.
> FAQ suggests firewall and/or antivirus software is to blame. That seems 
> unlikely from my test. The 7 machines use various software, but the same 
> antivirus and firewall software is found on both working and not-working 
> machines.
> One interesting fact is that when testing from the actual server (which is 
> an XP Pro SP2) it doesn't work with the "normal" (global) CVSROOT (using 
> external server name), but it works fine if I change CVSROOT to use 
> "localhost".
> All tests have been done using sspi, not pserver as below.
> /Jakob
> "Helmut Leininger" <hlein at inode.at> wrote in message 
> news:dhm9k1$a0i$1 at paris.nodomain.org...
>> Hi,
>> I am using Windows XP Home and have installed CVSNT
>> Concurrent Versions System (CVSNT) 2.5.02 (Servalan) Build 2088
>> (client/server)
>> Services are running with the following settings:
>> Run as user: PCMASTER2\hl
>> Default domain: PCMASTER2
>> Temporary directory: d:\tmp\Wintemp
>> CVS server port: 2401
>> Lock server: localhost port: 2402
>> Encryption: optional
>> Compression: optional
>> Clients allowed to connect: Any CVS/CVSNT
>> Every command results like this:
>> C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\hl>cvs -t -t -t -t -t -t -t -t -t -t -t
>> -t -t -t -t -d :pserver:hl at localhost:2401:/Development/CVS-Repo passwd
>> 17:10:46:   -> Tracelevel set to 15.  PID is 2404
>> 17:10:46:   -> Session ID is 964433ea6f64fa6
>> 17:10:46:   -> Session time is Sat Oct  1 15:10:46 2005
>> 17:10:46:   -> CVS Server is acting as standalone
>> 17:10:46:   -> CVS Directory is C:\PROGRA~1\CVSNT
>> 17:10:46:   -> main loop with
>> CVSROOT=:pserver:hl at localhost:2401:/Development/CVS-Repo
>> 17:10:46:   -> tcp_write(63)
>> 17:10:46:   -> tcp_read(1)
>> cvs [passwd aborted]: Error reading from server localhost: -1: Unknown 
>> error
>> What can be done?
>> TIA
>> Helmut

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