[cvsnt] How to capture new IP addres of the CVSNT server intomy copy?

David Somers dsomers at omz13.com
Mon Jan 8 14:35:46 GMT 2007

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Michael Wojcik wrote:

> I don't think Petr said the hostname hadn't changed.

He talked about IP addresses changing, but a lot of people get confused when
it comes to things like IP addresses, DNS entries (e.g. confusing dotted-IP
addresses with hostnames, since most applications treat them equally and
just do a lookup to get the host's IP address).

> We recently had to update all of our Root files due to server
> relocation.  The old CVS server is still used for a number of other
> purposes, so it had to keep its old hostname.  Addressing by name does
> not prevent all future issues.

There will always be corner cases.

> Now, had the old server been originally addressed using an alias (DNS
> CNAME) that was used exclusively for CVS purposes, *that* name could
> have been transferred to the new server.

Exactly. CNAME records make network admin easier, especially when you use
them to be used to point to services provided rather than hosts.

> (Any problem can be solved by 
> another level of indirection...)

And it gets more fun when you do double-indirection :-)

> But the CVS admins didn't think of 
> that.

That is because CVS admins are not network admins.

> (I don't know *why* 
> anyone would create spacy directories in their CVS repository, but some
> of my coworkers have.  Sigh.)

Never underestimate the crazy things that users will do if left to their own
devices.. you could, of course, apply a little bit of magic via some
scripts so that users can't do such things.

David Somers - typographer/programmer/whatever
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