[cvsnt] Unable to login after cvsroot restore from tape backup

Ryan Parlee parleer at nospam.nospam
Sat Dec 23 06:47:56 GMT 2006

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We had two disks go out simultaneously on our RAID-5 CVS server and so we 
were forced to recover from tape backup.  The restore successfully recovered 
all files including NTFS permissions.  The OS was on a separate partition 
and was unaffected by the disk failures, however, the CVS services 
themselves (exe files, etc.) were installed on our Data array and so we also 
had to reinstall CVSNT.  Since the registry settings were intact, the newly 
installed CVSNT remembered it's prior configuration including repositories, 
plugins, etc.  However, we now receive the following error when trying to 

Logging in to :pserver:ryan at myserver:2401:/cvsroot/test
CVS Password:
Fatal error, aborting.
cvs [login aborted]: cvs: no such user

The "ryan" user is correctly specified in the CVSROOT\passwd file.  This was 
working fine before the disk failure.
I've spent several hours trying to figure this out with no luck. Can someone 
please help!


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