Attention: Giorgos Keramidas (Was: CVS Import Permissions)

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Tue Jan 31 01:42:05 PST 2006

On 2006-01-31 14:00, david bryce <davidbryce at> wrote:
>>On 2006-01-30 15:52, david bryce <davidbryce at> 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?
>> That depends on what your `umask' currently is.
>>> Do I have to use chmod to grant write access to the group every time I
>>> do an import?
>> No.  The correct way to fix this is to set CVSUMASK in your shell
>> environment, and then import the files :)
> Giorgos,
> Thanks very much for replying! I wasn't aware of this environment
> variable (even though I spent quite a while on this problem). Using
> CVSUMASK certainly works when working on the server machine!
> However, I'm not sure what to do in client/server situations. The CVS
> manual states:
> "Note that using the client/server CVS (see section Remote repositories),
> there is no good way to set CVSUMASK; the setting on the client machine
> has no effect."
> We are currently using a pserver installation, with developers using
> windows machines. We need a way to achieve the same effect with a user on
> a windows machine doing an import. Do you have any idea how this can be
> done? Thank you!

I'm not sure.  I know that the setting of CVSUMASK on the server machine
works if you use SSH tunneling though.  If it's not too much trouble, you
can set up SSH-based authentication instead of :pserver: and make sure the
.bashrc or .cshrc of the developers on the server machine sets CVSUMASK

SSH-tunneled CVS is what the FreeBSD project uses in the official CVS
repository, so I guess this setup works as expected :)

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