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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Linux setup a Concurrent Versioning System (CVS) howto

Q. I am planning to use Concurrent Versioning System. I am using both Red Hat and Fedora Linux. How do I setup a CVS server?

A. Concurrent Versioning System (CVS) a widely used version control system for software development or data archiving solutions.

From the wiki page, "CVS keeps track of all work and all changes in a set of files, typically the implementation of a software project, and allows several (potentially widely separated) developers to collaborate".

CVS Configuration - Install CVS

Use rpm or up2date or yum command to install cvs:# rpm -ivh cvs*OR# up2date cvsOR# yum install cvsCreate a CVS user# useradd cvs # passwd cvsAbove command will create a user cvs and group cvs with /home/cvs home directory.

Configure CVS

Open /etc/profile and append following line:# vi /etc/profileAppend following line:export CVSROOT=/home/cvsSave the file and exit to shell promot.

Make sure your /etc/xinetd.d/cvs looks as follows:# less /etc/xinetd.d/cvsOutput:

service cvspserver
      disable            = no
      socket_type    = stream
      wait                = no
      user                = cvs
      group              = cvs
      log_type          = FILE /var/log/cvspserver
      protocol          = tcp
      env                 = '$HOME=/home/cvsroot'
      bind                =
      log_on_failure  += USERID
      port                = 2401
      server             = /usr/bin/cvs
      server_args     = -f --allow-root=/home/cvsroot pserver

Note: Replace with your actual server IP address.

Restart xinetd:# service xinetd restartAdd users to this group (see this howto for more info)# adduser username -g cvs # passwd usernameClient configuration Finally user can connect to this CVS server using following syntax: $ export CVSROOT=:pserver:vivek@ $ cvs loginWhere,

  • vivek - username
  • - CVS server IP

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