[clo-devel] Perennial admin issue with cvs pserver on common-lisp.net

Erik Enge erik.enge at gmail.com
Tue Oct 10 17:22:48 UTC 2006

I wanted to share this with you and make it available on the
mailinglist because it took me a few minutes to figure out and it's a
stupid issue so I don't want you to waste any time on it.

The cvs pserver passes all repositories that it wants to serve, on the
command line.  Thus, how many repositories you can serve is limited by
how many characters you can pass on the command line.  This is really
silly because there's already a config file where it can read this
from (/etc/cvsd/cvsd.conf).  I haven't found a way around it.

So, every now and then, someone will complain that pserver checkouts
(anonymous cvs access) doesn't work.  Usually there will be some
"pam_auth token not released" error of some sort.  What I do then is
that I edit the /etc/cvsd/cvsd.conf file and remove all projects who
are using svn, darcs or arch (I check the project page, they usually
announce this) until cvs pserver works again.

Then it works until I have added enough projects to make it break
again at which point I go back and revise which of the new projects
aren't using CVS.

I don't have a longterm fix for that one yet but it's probably
something we need to address over the next year.

One possible solution is to symlink /project to /p which will
drastically shorten the arguments to cvsd on the command line but this
would mean that anonymous CVS users would have to specify
anonymous at common-lisp.net:/p/project/cvsroot and SSH CVS users would
still use :/project/project/cvsroot - that's probably going to confuse
the hell out of alot of people.


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