CVS Administrator Reference

This section provides details on creating and configuring repositories and performing other CVS administrative tasks. A single computer can run multiple copies of the CVS server, and each server can serve multiple repositories.

Creating a Repository

Select a directory that will contain the repository files (/usr/local/cvsrep is used in the following examples). Use the init command to initialize the repository. Either set the $CVSROOT environment variable first:

user@localhost$ export CVSROOT=/usr/local/cvsrep
user@localhost$ cvs init

or use the -d option to specify the repository location:

user@localhost$ cvs -d /usr/local/cvsrep init

For information on importing code, see Section 14.4, especially Section and Section sections.

Setting up the password server

If you want users to access the repository from other computers, then configure the pserver by doing the following as root:

  • Make sure there is an entry in /etc/services similar to the following:

    cvspserver 2401/tcp
  • If you are not using tcpwrappers, then place a line like this in /etc/inetd.conf:

    cvspserver stream tcp nowait root /usr/bin/cvs cvs 
    --allow-root=/usr/local/cvsroot pserver
  • Or, if you are using tcpwrappers, then use a line like this:

    cvspserver stream tcp nowait root /usr/sbin/tcpd /usr/bin/cvs 
    --allow-root=/usr/local/cvsroot pserver
  • Once these changes are in place, restart inetd (or send it the appropriate signal to cause it to re-read inetd.conf).

Security Issues

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