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CVS error message: Argument list too long

From: Hackett, Jonny E
Subject: CVS error message: Argument list too long
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 15:35:54 -0600

I've seen a few messages in the list archives about using scripts to filter
taginfo and people end up getting error messages stating "Argument list too
long."  But for the life of me I can't find an email or discussion in the
archives that gives a solution (might just be me though).

We have created a project recently that is pretty huge (about 14,000 files).
When someone tags a file and I create a new "build" so to speak I issue the
following command:

cvs -q -d <cvs_pserver_root> rtag -r p20020315 b01-20020311 <project_name>

That works fine, then I copy the previous build over to the new build after
adding the tagged files to the new build using this command:

cvs -q -d <cvs_pserver_root> rtag -r b02-20020306 b01-20020311

After it processes the files for a little bit I get the following error:

cvs server: cannot exec /ESCOUT/cvs_admin/bin/ Argument list
too long
cvs server: Pre-tag check failed
cvs [server aborted]: correct the above errors first!

>From what I could find in my research, it's a result of cvs appending all of
the fileinfo pertaining to file and revision stuff to the end of the command
line and it gets too large.  But I couldn't find where someone actually did
a workaround or came up with fix for that problem.

If this has already been discussed before and I couldn't find the relevant
info, I sincerely apologize.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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