[cvsnt] Please help with moving of repositories

Bo Berglund Bo.Berglund at system3r.se
Fri Aug 31 16:00:33 BST 2007

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"Line ending problem" 
This is no problem whatsoever, the CVSNT repository files are all using
UNIX line endings and if you let some tool convert these then the system
will fail miserably. They must stay with LF as the line endings.

"Moving from CVS on Linux"
What you have here is not only moving from a Linux server, but also from
a different CVS server (GNU CVS).
You will have some issues, but not many going in this direction, but it
is a one-way street. Once you start working on the repo in CVSNT it
cannot be moved back to GNU CVS.
Most of the adaptations come from the CVSROOT files and the best advice
I can give is to not copy over CVSROOT. Instead, create a new repository
on the new server using the latest (build 2382) version of CVSNT.
Then copy in the files from the Linux repo to this new repo (in parallel
with the CVSROOT dir) and then set up your CVSROOT scripts as you would
like them to work on Windows.

"Links on UNIX"
CVSNT on Windows cannot cope with links. You have to create file copies
if you have the repo on Linux set up with linked files (which in my
opinion do not belong inside a repository at all).

Please do not use this term in such a vague context. cvs import is a
valid command and your wording can be confused with this command. You do
nopt want to import anything, you want to migrate the old repositories
to a new server and preserve all of the repository history. This is done
by moving over the RCS files as described without changing them in any
way at all.

"CVSNT version"
I hope you plan on using a newer version of CVSNT on the new server than
build 1927!
I recommend

Best regards,

Bo Berglund

-----Original Message-----
From: cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org [mailto:cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org] On Behalf
Of Chaz
Sent: den 31 augusti 2007 14:24
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Subject: Re: [cvsnt] Please help with moving of repositories

Hi Gerhard,

Thank you very much for your response.

The CNSNT version on the source Windows machine is "CVSNT 2.5.01
Build 1927".

The CVS version on the Linux machine is "<CVS> 1.11.1p1

As far as the 2 repositories on the Windows machine are concerned, I
these to the target Windows machine ok.

The other concern with Linux to Windows copy is the LF to CR/LF
of line-ends in ASCII files, and the files on Linux that are actually 
"links" to files. The thought that I would need some kind of import
of using a copy mechanism stems from these issues.

I will appreciate any further guidance in this regard.


"Gerhard Fiedler" <lists at connectionbrazil.com> wrote in message 
news:1pkaxnd7tyodh$.dlg at connectionbrazil.com...
> Chaz wrote:
>> My post of 28th refers. This is a further request for someone to
>> provide me with some guidance regarding moving / re-locating of CVS
>> CVSNT repositories.
>> I have 2 repositories on a Windows machine, using CVSNT, and one on a

>> Linux
>> machine, using CVS.
>> I wish to transfer these repositories in their entirity, including 
>> history,
>> to a new Windows-based machine on which I have installed CVSNT.
>> Thus far I have been told that as far as CVSNT is concerned, a
>> copy
>> of the repositories on the Windows source machine can be placed on
>> new
>> machine.
>> As far as the repository on Linux is concerned I was advised to use
>> to
>> transfer the repository to the Windows machine. I tried this, but
>> completion noticed a large difference between the number of files and
>> folders on the source and target.
> Then there was something wrong with the ftp transfer. Maybe a
> issue? In any case, you need to copy those files (all of them) to the
> Windows machine.
>> My gut feel tells me that I would first need to create the 3 new
>> repositories on the target machine,
> That's correct. But you also can copy first and then set up the copied
> trees as repos. AFAIK the only difference is that in the first case,
> get all the default CVSROOT files (which you then replace at least
> partially with yours from the other installations).
>> and then use some tool to import the 3 existing repository's contents
>> into the 3 new repositories.
> That "tool" is file copy, be it directly network copy or ftp or
> else.
> Discard what I wrote about merging the CVSROOTs over in the TCVS list
> Since you want to keep the three repos separate, there's no need. But
> still may have to review and update the trigger scripts (if any). And
> up all user permissions.
> One thing that could provide you with more pointers is if you would
> here the CVS(NT) versions involved (that is, all four of them).
> Gerhard 

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