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Re: File sharing

From: Rob Helmer
Subject: Re: File sharing
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 12:45:24 -0800
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Hi Ben,

I am not sure what you mean by "file sharing", do you mean a sandbox
somewhere where everyone can view the current state of the repository?

One tool you will want to look into is ViewCVS ( ),
that gives everyone a web-based view into an up-to-date history of the

Or, if you want something like a shared sandbox, perhaps consider this :

I have a document mgmt system that requires users to check their
documents into CVS. As soon as they commit a change, CVS runs a script
to update an Apache HTDOCS directory that is a checkout of the document
mgmt module. 

CVS takes a little longer than usual to commit, but gives
the user nice messages about what it's doing, and thanks them when
they are done.

I'm using a script invoked by loginfo to do this, which is one
of the ways you can capture commits as they happen and do something
useful with them. There's more info on this here :

Hope that helps,
Rob Helmer

On Wed, Mar 13, 2002 at 01:01:09PM -0700, Ben Baker wrote:
> We're in the process of converting from another source control system to CVS 
> and one of the things our previous system did that CVS does not is file 
> sharing.  I was just curious if anyone has a solution to this.  I've thought 
> of a couple of things, but don't want to do too much investigation if it's 
> something that definitely won't work.  The ideas I had were:
> 1.  Develop a system of watches on certain files so that whenever a change is 
> comitted it is automatically comitted to the other shared locations.
> 2.  Use symbolic links on our CVS server (a UNIX box)
> Both involve special setup for shared files, but that's OK as long as changes 
> committed to one place are reflected in all other shared locations.  I'm sure 
> there are issues I'm not considering, but if anyone has implemented a way to 
> share files in a CVS repository, I would love to hear how you did it.
> Ben

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