[cvsnt] cvs [diff aborted]: Local access to network share not supported (use -N to override this error)

Arthur Barrett arthur.barrett at march-hare.com
Wed Jun 20 23:10:11 BST 2007

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You are using :local: - this is only for internal developers of
CVS/CVSNT to use - never use it for project work.  In addition you are
usint :local: to access a network drive which as you know is

Instead set up a proper cvsnt (or the older cvs) server so you can use
:pserver:hostname:/repo or :ssh:hostname:/repo or :ext:hostname:/repo
intead.  This is easy to do and only should take a few minutes, then
your linux and windows work will be a lot safer and more reliably
versioned. This page is a little out of date but gives you the gist -
ask here on the newsgroup if you get stuck setting up a server:


Arthur Barrett

> -----Original Message-----
> From: cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org 
> [mailto:cvsnt-bounces at cvsnt.org] On Behalf Of Joseph Koenig
> Sent: 21 June 2007 07:37
> To: cvsnt at cvsnt.org
> Subject: [cvsnt] cvs [diff aborted]: Local access to network 
> share not supported (use -N to override this error)
> I have searched the archives and realize that this is 
> preceived to be dangerous. I know the warnings, and I 
> understand why the warning is there. When I do my commmits 
> and checkouts I am not using wincvs, and I am SSHed into a 
> server where I am not working locally. 
> I am just using wincvs as an easy way to diff files before I 
> commit them from a remote linux session. 
> How do I pass this -N argument? I have searched and not found 
> this answer, which I desperately need. In a prior thread 
> someone has mentioned putting this into a .cvsrc file, which 
> again, I  don't know where this file is supposed to be placed 
> when I am operating directly in windows, especially given 
> that it isn't a valid windows name.
> Thanks
> j
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