[cvsnt] Weird problem with commit; nothing known about -m?

Jason Cipriani jason.cipriani at gmail.com
Sat Sep 20 03:49:58 BST 2008

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On Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 10:38 PM, Jason Cipriani
<jason.cipriani at gmail.com> wrote:
> I have CVSNT 2.5.03 on Windows XP SP3. I have this problem where, when
> I try to commit a certain complicated project, I get an error like
> this:
> cvs server: nothing known about '-m'
> cvs [server aborted]: Couldn't open RCS file /cvsrepo/The log message.
> ,v: Invalid argument

I already figured it out. This was happening for some reason because I
was mistakenly trying to do the commit from a directory that didn't
have a CVS directory in it, e.g. trying to commit from in the
"repository" directory here:


I don't know why that error was caused by that but doing the commit
from the correct locations (the project1 and project2 directories)
worked just fine. Weird, but my mistake, and at least it was an easy


> For some reason it's trying to open my log file message as a file
> (weird). It then appears that the ",v" at the end of CVS filenames is
> somehow being interpreted as a command line argument. Commit works
> fine for other projects, I do not know what is special about this one.
> None of my filenames have spaces or non-alphanumeric characters in
> them (aside from underscores, and a period before the extension).
> Now we're kind of dead in the water because I can't check this code
> in. What is the problem and how do I solve it?
> It is the exact same problem as this guy:
> http://www.cvsnt.org/pipermail/cvsnt/2003-December/009765.html
> I have not found a solution and, unfortunately, none is posted there.
> Thanks,
> J

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