cvsup not working

Steven N. Fettig freebsd at
Mon Feb 23 07:48:42 PST 2004


I have the following cvsup file for my ports-upgrade:

*default base=/usr
*default prefix=/usr
*default release=cvs tag=.
*default delete use-rel-suffix
*default compress

This works like a charm every time.  The only differences I see are
default base=/usr/local/etc/cvsup <-- you
default base=/usr <-- me

If I understand this correctly, however, this won't have any impact on 
the ports collection, as it is the location of where cvsup keeps an 
index of what has been downloaded and what hasn't (i.e. a type of index 
for comparison to what is on the cvsup server versus what is on your 
Also, I have the 'delete use-rel-suffix' on a separate line from 
'compress' - this also should not make a difference.
All you should have to do (I think regardless of the shell) is run:
cvsup -g -L2 /directory/to/cvsupfile/cvsup-file

What you are seeing at the beginning sounds right - i.e. the screen 
going crazy.  When you think the connection has bombed out or something 
gone awrey with the cvsup run, you may want to go to another virtual 
screen or shell to see if you can still ping a server out on the net.  
It almost sounds like your modem connection is locking up and not cvsup.

Steve Fettig

service at wrote:

>FreeBSD 5.1-RELEASE FreeBSD 5.1-RELEASE #0: Sun Feb 22 14:47:02 GMT 2004 root@:/usr/src/sys/i386/compile/VILLATV i386
>I am having a problem with cvsup version 16. I used it about a month ao with no problem. I have now tried it several times with no success. I even reinstalled the entire operating system twice. 
>I activate my modum and type cvsup supfile. The box appears and I click the go tab. It goes wild for about 30 to 40 seconds downloading 40 to 50 files.  This is okay.  After that, it just dies. This is the problem. I don't understand why it dies.
>I have an external modem and after it dies, sometimes the transfer lights on the modum blink and sometimes theres no light at all. After it dies, it will go until it times out (15 to 20 minutes). I have FreeBSD 5.1. I installed the cvsup package off the 1st cdrom. I created 'cvsup' in the /usr/local/etc directory. I put my supfile under cvsup. I have csh, so I typed 'setenv CVS ROOT=/usr/local/etc/cvsup', which seems to work. The supfile I use is 
>*default prefix=/usr
>*default base=/usr/local/etc/cvsup
>*default tag-.
>*default release=cvs
>*default delete use-rel-suffix compress
>I don't remember my first supfile, I thinks it like the above. Also I learned that if something in the supfile isn't perfect, it won't work. Please analyze and let me know whats wrong. Thanks in advance.
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