[cvsnt] repository administrators?

Bo Berglund bo.berglund at telia.com
Sat Aug 19 08:03:10 BST 2006

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On Sat, 19 Aug 2006 11:36:23 +0800, "Yongwei Wu" <wuyongwei at gmail.com>

>I am running CVSNT on a Windows XP Professional machine, and use
>pserver to authenticate myself. My local account belong to the
>Administrators group, and my CVS account maps to my local account in
There is no such file, so it won't affect CVS.
CVS manages pserver and sserver users in the file CVSROOT/passwd, but
this file is itself maintained via the CVS command cvs passwd (look it
up in the help).

>The problem is when I use `cvs admin -m' to modify a
>log message, I got the error message:
>cvs [server aborted]: usage is restricted to repository administrators
>Have I done anything wrong,
Yes, you have used pserver instead of SSPI on a local WinXP machine.
SSPI is much simpler to use than pserver...

>or is it a bug?
No, it's your usage.

To make a user an admin of CVS you have to add him to the
CVSROOT/admin file (just list his login username on a line in this
The file does not exist by default so you have to create it. And it
should NOT be added to the CVSROOT/checkoutlist file either!


(Bo Berglund, developer in Sweden)

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