[cvsnt] Updating CVS Server

Bo Berglund bo.berglund at telia.com
Tue Sep 19 22:11:58 BST 2006

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On Tue, 19 Sep 2006 16:40:04 -0400, "Bryan Leber"
<bryan.leber at fischerinternational.com> wrote:

>So if for some reason the server hung up, and we did a reboot the
>information would stay no matter what? Another question may be, if the
>server crashes and we do a fresh install of cvs server, is there any way
>to get the information from past branches and tags back in as if nothing
>has ever happened? Retrieving the head branch wouldn't be a problem, but
>I'm not sure what about all our previous versions?

You seem to not at all have grasped the way CVS and CVSNT works....
On the server there is a service application that listens for client
requests via the network. If such are received this application starts
the proper cvs process to handle the request. The service application
and the cvs executable are part of what you install, upgrade,
uninstall and reinstall on the server.

your data, which the cvs process handles, reside in the *repository*,
which is a system of folders and files where the version info is
stored. Each "real" file has a corresponding so called RCS file in the
repository and this file contains *everything* known about the real
file including *all* past revisions and all tags.

Whatever you do about the CVSNT server application itself will *not*
touch the repository and therefore everything there is not affected at
all by such operations. The only thing that might be a (remote) risk
is if a very buggy version is installed and it trashes the version
files during operations. But for this the only real protection is a
sensible backup system. You do have nightly backups, right?


(Bo Berglund, developer in Sweden)

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