November 9, 2011

cvs server setup in debian / ubuntu

 Setup CVS server on Debian / Ubuntu

1. Install CVS client and server:
apt-get install cvs cvsd

With the default installation, the root for cvsd is at /var/lib/cvsd.The default repositories demo and myrepos are defined in the configuration file /etc/cvsd/cvsd.conf.

By default, cvsd is installed in a chroot environment. To make it use the regular / environment, change this in cvsd.conf:

      RootJail none

Also, you may want to change the Listen statement to the following so that it does not listening on IPv6 sockets.

      Listen 2401

2. Start the CVS server:

        sudo /etc/init.d/cvsd start

3. Create myrepos and CVSROOT directories with following command (Note: the absolute path is needed to initialize the repose):

sudo cvs -d /var/lib/cvsd/myrepos init
sudo chown -R cvsd:cvsd /var/lib/cvsd/myrepos

The basic structures of cvsd and the repository $CVSROOT are ready.

4. Add user to the group cvsd and create the password for users.

From System->Administration->Users and Groups. Click Unlock button and enter the password, then click Manage Groups button. Highlight cvsd then click Properties and select the username from the Group Members list.

Create the user password for CVS login as shown below:

cvsd-passwd /var/lib/cvsd/myrepos username

5. Login to cvs server

cvs -d :pserver:username@localhost:/myrepos login

However, if the $CVSROOT is defined just simply enter "cvs login" instead. Add following line in ~/.bashrc is the easiest way to add it to the environment.

export CVSROOT=:pserver:$USER@localhost:/myrepos

If log in has no problem, CVS should be working fine.

Adapted from this post:

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