CVS Import Permissions

Duane Whitty duane at
Sun Jan 29 21:43:17 PST 2006

david bryce wrote:
> Hi All,
> I am having some confusion regarding the way CVS works with permissions
> under unix when importing a new project. Currently, when I import a
> project, I get this sort of permissions on the project directory:
> drwxr-x---  2 jim   cvs   512 Jan 27 12:31 test_proj
> Notice that the group (cvs) is not granted write access. Is this the way
> it's supposed to work? Do I have to use chmod to grant write access to
> the group every time I do an import? Or is my CVS not configured 
> correctly?
> If I don't grant write access to the group on that directory, every 
> check in fails with a "could not open lock file
> `/usr/local/cvs/test_proj/,test.txt,': Permission denied". I tried
> setting the LockDir in the config file to a world-writable directory, 
> but this doesn't seem to solve the problem when trying to check-in. 
> Thank you!
> Regards,
> DB 

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