Setting up a CVS 'pserver' on Slackware Linux 10.1

Category: Software and Systems Engineering
Author: Sean O'Donnell
Fri, Jun. 24th, 2005 @ 2:20:22 (MDT)

This example will demonstrate a basic approach to setting up a CVS pserver on the Slackware Linux v10.1 Operating System. This example should be able to be applied to any other linux distro as well, given some appropriate tweeks.

Update/Disclaimer: I highly suggest using SSH to access your CVS repository, rather than this pserver approach.

The first step in this process, is to login as root.

$ su

Once you've logged in as root, you'll want to create a new group for the cvs user account.

$ groupadd cvs

You should now have a new group named 'cvs'.

The next step is to add the user account...

$ useradd  -g cvs -m cvs; passwd cvs;

You should now have a new user named 'cvs' added to your system, associated with the 'cvs' group, with a the following home directory: '/home/cvs'.

You should have also been prompted to set the 'cvs' user account password.

Now that you have the cvs user and user-home directory setup, you'll want to create the Repository Root Directory...

$ mkdir /home/cvs/CVSROOT

Then, you'll want to change the ownership of that directory...

$ chown cvs:cvs /home/cvs/CVSROOT

Next we'll need to edit our '/etc/inetd.conf' file, by adding the following line(s):

# /etc/inetd.conf 
#
# CVS SERVER CONFIG
#
cvspserver stream tcp nowait root /usr/bin/cvs cvs --allow-root=/home/cvs pserver

I don't normally run inetd, or any of the related protocols/services, mainly for security reasons, so I've commented-out all of the other protocols/services, only to allow cvspserver to be used.

Finally, if you are not already running inetd, you can do so now.

$ inetd

This should start the CVS Server.

To ensure that the server is now running, you should try the following command:

$ netstat -taupox | grep cvspserver

You should see results similar to the following:


tcp 0 0 *:cvspserver *:* LISTEN 29958/inetd off (0.00/0/0)

If the CVS Server is running, you can now attempt to connect to the cvs server (from a remote machine)...

$ cvs -d :pserver:cvs@hostname:/home/cvs login

You should be prompted for the cvs account password.

The 'cvs ... login' command should have created a file '~/.cvspass, which will allow you to simply execute commands without being prompted for a password again.

You can now attempt to import your current project into the cvs server, from the localhost environment...

$ cd ~/public_html/current/project/example
$ cvs -d:pserver:cvs@localhost/home/cvs import -m "Initial Import" projectname vendor revision

The command above should import the '~/public_html/current/project/example' directory, with the comment 'Initial Import', into the 'projectname' directory of the CVS Server Repository.

You'll want to edit the command above to fit your needs, including the 'vendor' and 'revision'.

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