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Re: CVSNT versus CVS

From: Vinod Damaraju
Subject: Re: CVSNT versus CVS
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 20:22:56 -0400


The conversion machine (platform) is my own windows machine, on which the 'source' Visual Source Safe resides. I did install cygwin utilities. However, I havent been able to get CVS 1.11.xx work under cygwin environment in my machine, i.e., could not install it. When I looked for a CVS server on windows, the only one I could find was CVSNT, which is why I proceeded with vss 'suck and spit' to the local CVSNT repository.

I havent yet looked at the 'cvssuck' links which you sent .. I will and see if it will help me better.

Appreciate your reply.

Vinod Damaraju

----- Original Message ----- From: "Denniston, Todd A CIV NAVSURFWARCENDIV Crane, Code JSXN" <address@hidden>
To: "Vinod Damaraju" <address@hidden>
Cc: <address@hidden>
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 9:46 AM
Subject: Re: CVSNT versus CVS

Vinod Damaraju wrote, On 07/13/2008 07:40 PM:

Thank you for your reply. I do not have control over the CVS version on the Linux server i.e., cannot upgrade it nor replace it with CVSNT. If I use the remote CVS server, a signifcant functionality of the conversion tool would not work. I am looking for specific answers about the changes in repository file formats between CVSNT and CVS 1.11.xx so that I can account for those
changes in my process ..

Do you have control over the conversion machine?
i.e., could you install a cygwin setup and use the cvs from that (which is built from the Unix cvs sources) to do the conversion, and then move the files to the Unix machine?

an alternative, which may loose some of the change data, might be cvssuck:
the method I would go with it is:
do the conversion to cvsnt as you have done,
fire up a cvsnt binary as server (if you were on Unix set CVS_SERVER=/path/to/cvsnt ) and cvssuck the data to normal cvs. Then see if enough data followed you through whole process, if yes, then move it to your real cvs server.

Vinod Damaraju

----- Original Message ----- From: "Larry Jones" <address@hidden>
To: <address@hidden>
Cc: <address@hidden>
Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2008 6:31 PM
Subject: Re: CVSNT versus CVS

address@hidden writes:

CVS server was on Linux and was CVS 1.11.2.

That is *ancient* -- the current stable release is 1.11.22!  I strongly
suggest you update.

I used CVSNT as my local CVS server.

Big mistake.  As you've discovered, CVSNT repositories are *not*
compatible with regular CVS repositories.  You either need to redo the
conversion using a regular CVS server (you could use your Linux server
rather than a local server) or you need to use CVSNT on Linux.
Larry Jones

But Mom, frogs are our FRIENDS! -- Calvin

Todd Denniston
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane)
Harnessing the Power of Technology for the Warfighter

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