[cvsnt] Repository corruption

Sebastian Wangnick sebastian.home.nospam01 at wangnick.de
Thu Aug 31 15:14:09 BST 2006

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Dear all,

I just found out that I had somewhen in the past installed CVSNT
( in parallel to TortoiseCVS. I thought it came with TortoiseCVS
(I got confused by a message given during the TortoiseCVS 1.8.26
installation that my CVSNT was up to date and therefore not reinstalled by
TortoiseCVS or so).

Thus the CVSNT server was running all the time, and was even configured to
serve my CVSROOT repository. However, I never managed to get access to my
repository through CVSNT via TortoiseCVS, so I gave up on that route (I
tried again this morning, it always complains about a missing password, but
our Windows XP account is set up without password in the first place).

I presume this might have resulted in some race conditions or so when
TortoiseCVS used its own 2.0.58d cvs.exe to directly manipulate the
repository that the CVSNT server was serving as well in parallel, ultimately
resulting in the repository corruption that I am experiencing?

I've deinstalled CVSNT now, hoping that this will prevent the corruption
from occurring again.

I'm still a bit puzzled why the cvs.exe in the latest TortoiseCVS
distribution is that old.

Sebastian Wangnick

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: Flávio Etrusco [mailto:flavio.etrusco at gmail.com]
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 31. August 2006 11:55
An: Sebastian Wangnick
Cc: cvsnt at cvsnt.org cvsnt downloads at march-hare.com @CVSNT on Twitter CVSNT on Facebook; tortoisecvs-users at lists.sourceforge.net
Betreff: Re: [cvsnt] Repository corruption

> I've updated to TortoiseCVS 1.8.26 just now. TortoiseCVS 1.8.26 seeminly
> comes with CVSNT
>         C:\Programme\TortoiseCVS>..\CVSNT\cvs.exe --version
>         Concurrent Versions System (CVSNT) 2.5.03 (Scorpio) Build 2260
> (client/server)
> (...)

Err, not sure I follow your logic here ;-)
This cvs.exe inside _CVSNT_ folder isn't most certainly installed by

> However, for :local: CVSROOT access TortoiseCVS seemingly comes
> with and uses a dedicated cvs.exe as of CVSNT 2.0.58d. For instance,
> when trying to
> view revision 1.1 of word.py from within the TortoiseCVS revision graph,
> this results in:
> (...)

Sure, TCVS uses this dedicated copy for all its operations.

> Should I possibly replace the cvs.exe within the TortoiseCVS directory
> the one from the CVSNT directory? Or should I rather run the CVSNT server,
> and if so, which protocol would you recommend?

Simply rename the cvs.exe inside TortoiseCVS folder to something else.
Replacing the executable could/would cause DLL versions mismatches.

> PS: Is 512 bytes some magic number on the NTFS file system?

Not that I know of. That comment kind of puzzled me too ;-)
The only 512 "magic number" I can remember is hard disk sector size...


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