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Re: CVSROOT must be an absolute pathname problem

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: CVSROOT must be an absolute pathname problem
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2002 12:28:13 -0500 (EST)

Mark Scoville writes:
> cvs init: syntax error in
> /cygdrive/c/cygwin/home/Mark/src/master/CVSROOT/config' is missing '='

That implies that you already had a CVSROOT/config file (normally, init
would have create it), the contents of which are not valid.

> Performing a cvs init or any other cvs command from any other directory
> continues to render:
> GANDALF:/cygdrive/c/ensignInternet> cvs up
> cvs update: CVSROOT must be an absolute pathname (not
> `c:\cygwin\home\Mark\src\m')ter
> cvs update: when using local access method.
> '.s [update aborted]: Bad CVSROOT: `:local:c:\cygwin\home\Mark\src\master

If you're running in a checked-out directory, CVS uses the root stored
in the CVS/Root file rather than what the $CVSROOT environment variable
is set to.  The above messages show the classic symptoms of line-ending
problems.  If you're using both cynwin CVS and WinCVS, you need to make
sure that both are set to use the same line ending conventions (either
DOS or Unix); right now, it looks like they're different.

-Larry Jones

It's hard to be religious when certain people are never
incinerated by bolts of lightning. -- Calvin

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