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  • How to configure CVS server in Red Hat Linux

    From wiki CVS (Concurrent Versions System)uses a client–server architecture: a server stores the current version(s) of a project and its history, and clients connect to the server in order to "check out" a complete copy of the project, work on this copy and then later "check in" their changes. Typically, the client and server connect over a LAN or over the Internet, but client and server may both run on the same machine if CVS has the task of keeping track of the version history of a project with only local developers.

    The following configuration has been tested on Red Hat Linux 5.x so if you are using different distribution then make sure you use relative command.

    How to configure CVS server?

    Make sure cvs package is installed in your machine.

    # yum install cvs
    Now the next thing which you have to do is create a project repository for your projects.

    NOTE: Make sure that directory myprojects does not exist when you run the below command
    # cvs -d /usr/local/myprojects init
    The above command will create a new project repository with the name of "myprojects"

    Now let us make some initial changes before starting the cvs server. Make sure your cvs file looks like as shown below.
    # vi /etc/xinetd.d/cvspserver
    disable                 = no
    port                    = 2401
    socket_type             = stream
    protocol                = tcp
    wait                    = no
    user                    = root
    passenv                 = PATH
    server                  = /usr/bin/cvs
    env                     = HOME=/var/cvs
    server_args             = -f --allow-root=/usr/local/myprojects pserver
    bind                    =
    Here is the IP of my local machine where I am configuring my cvs server.

    Add a new line in the last line
    # vi /etc/services
    cvspserver      2401/tcp                # CVS PServer
    Restart the xinetd services
    # service xinetd restart
    Stopping xinetd:                                           [  OK  ]
    Starting xinetd:                                           [  OK  ]
    Verify that the service is running and listening
    # netstat -ntlp | grep 2401
    tcp     0   0*   LISTEN      18337/xinetd
    Now create a cvs user and assign any password for the project repository we created
    # useradd deepak
    # passwd deepak

    Client login into CVS server

    # cvs -d :pserver:user_name@server_name:/usr/local/myprojects login
    # cvs -d :pserver:deepak@ login
    Another way to login
    # export CVSROOT=:pserver:deepak@
    # cvs login
    Logging in to :pserver:deepak@
    CVS password:

    I hope the article was useful.

    How to configure CVS server in Red Hat Linux How to configure CVS server in Red Hat Linux Reviewed by admin on Tuesday, May 07, 2013 Rating: 5


    1. /usr/local/myproject: no such repositry

      I am showing like that error so can any one help me what's the reason

      ashish.laxkar16@gmail.com please suggest me also in mail box...

      1. If you are using my post as your example then please crosscheck your configuration as I have used /usr/local/myprojects as my repository which is "myprojects" and not "myproject"

      2. I'm getting below the error message.

        cvs [login aborted]: connect to localhost( failed: Connection refused

        Could you help me to fix this issue.

    2. Hi

      After installation i received below the error message.

      cvs [login aborted]: connect to localhost:2401 failed: Connection refused

      could you help me.. it's work past few weeks but suddenly stopped.

      1. Hi make sure cvs server on port 2401 is running
        # server xinetd status

        # netstat -ntlp | grep 2401

        and secondly check your firewall and selinux. In case you want to allow cvs server

        # iptables -I INPUT -p tcp --dport 2401 -j ACCEPT
        # iptables -I INPUT -p udp --dport 2401 -j ACCEPT

        Follow the below link for more info on selinux guide for cvs server

        Thanks and Regards

    3. Is there a way to configure the servername, path and description as in CVSNT(Windows ) respository configuration

      1. Hello Namitha, I have not worked on Windows CVSNT so I might not be much aware in terms of your question but we do provide a repo path /usr/local/myprojects and servername can be provided in hosts file or a DNS can be used instead of using IP address in Linux .. I know I do not sound much helpful but that is all the info I have at the moment.


    4. Hi Deepak,
      This document is really helpful. I would like to know one more case . How to configure the the Linux CVS repository like WindowsCVSNT repository configuration. eg. repository path, name and description

    5. Hello Team,
      I m working on CVS Installation in one of our QA environment and seems thr is one issue we came across.
      When we set SELINUX (selinux=permissive) then only we are able to login to the CVS and the default value for that is (selinux=restricted) and when default value is set we are unable to login to the CVS.

      I m curious is thr way to get the issue resolve without changing the selinux.

      Venkata S Sadhu

    6. Hello,

      If you have a requirement to use selinux as restrictive then you will have to add selinux rule for your cvs configuration file. I am afraid I have not much experience in the selinux area (and specially for cvs server config) so you may have to ask some expert here who can guide.


    7. Hello sir
      this is raj when i configured cvs server on centos 7, i have following issue
      cvs -d :pserver:usr2@ login
      Logging in to :pserver:usr2@
      CVS password:
      /home/cvs: no such repository


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