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Re: Problems with CVS version 1.10.8 on Windows 2000

From: Laine Stump
Subject: Re: Problems with CVS version 1.10.8 on Windows 2000
Date: 01 Feb 2001 12:03:19 -0500
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"Reinstein, Shlomo" <address@hidden> writes:

> I'm sorry, you must have skipped my reply to Larry.

Oops. You're right, I missed that. I was going on just the info
contained in the last message, which had bits of Larry's, and another
after that, but not your reply that you mention here.

> I tried (even before I
> posted the first message about this problem! ) to use forward slashes (the
> very same command-line that you wrote here), but it doesn't work either. I
> get the following:
>       cvs [checkout aborted]: CVSROOT z:/iil/iswp/data/apt/ISIS/repository
> must be an absolute pathname
> So whether I use forward slashes or backward slashes, it doesn't work - I
> get the above message. And again, version 1.10.7 of CVS works fine with
> back-slashes, but 1.10.8 doesn't work with any (forward or backward)
> slashes. 
> Can this message be the result of some problem in environment variables? Can
> it be that there's some environment variable that CVS uses and is not
> defined properly, and CVS just gives me the above message for something
> which is not related to the CVSROOT path?

I just looked at the code that generates this error message, and it
looked to me like it shouldn't give you this problem - it's very
straighforward parsing of the contents of CVSROOT, then examination of
the first few characters of the directory (it compares *exactly* what
is printed in the error message). Hmm... unless the binary you're using
was somehow compiled with the *Unix* version of the function
isabsolute() (or unless 1.10.8 has a bug in that function). Why don't
you try getting a copy of 1.11? If you can't find it prebuilt, I can
send you one that I built for NT.

> Shlomo
> -----Original Message-----
> From: address@hidden [mailto:address@hidden
> Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2001 4:27 PM
> To: Reinstein, Shlomo
> Cc: 'address@hidden'; address@hidden
> Subject: Re: Problems with CVS version 1.10.8 on Windows 2000
> Please reread Larry's original response and follow his advice (always
> use forward slashes in pathnames given to CVS). This:
>    cvs -d :local:z:/iil/iswp/data/apt/ISIS/repository co trycvs
> should work just fine. The : after z will not be confused by CVS as a
> field separator.
> P.S. - even in MS' own software, "\\z\" is *NOT* equivalent to
> "z:\". The former describes a *machine*, and the latter describes a
> *disk* mounted (either locally or remotely) on the local machine.

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