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Re: Val-tags file

From: Mike Ciul
Subject: Re: Val-tags file
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2001 15:20:08 -0400

Larry Jones wrote:

Branch names *are* tags.  CVS uses it to validate that a user-entered
tag is valid:  If the tag appears in the val-tags file, it is assumed to
be valid.  If the tag does not appear in the val-tags file, then CVS
goes looking through all of the files in the repository that are
specified in the command.  If one of them contains the tag, it is valid
and is added to the val-tags file.  If it is not found, the user is
given an error message.

I have a related question.

How can you prevent an error if a read-only user wants to check out a tag that no one has checked out before?

Here's how I encountered the problem:

I have a script that exports and installs a module. For security reasons, it runs as a read-only user. If I make a new branch tag and then run the script, this is what happens:

my script says:
cvs -d address@hidden export -r [new-tag] [module]

cvs says:
cvs [export aborted]: cannot write /usr/local/cvsroot/CVSROOT/val-tags: Permission denied

If I do this as a user with write access:
cvs export -r [new-tag] [module]

I can then run the script with no errors.

What's the best way to fix this problem?


Mike Ciul

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