CVS problems

Ryan Sonnek bio photo By Ryan Sonnek

Have any other project owners noticed that the version of CVS used to host projects has some issues? I ran headlong into an issue that has prevented me from integrating CVS commit messages into my JIRA instance. The underlying problem is that you can not run an r* commands against the CVS servers (ex: rlog, rdiff, etc).

I first went to Atlassian and opened an issue, thinking this was a problem with JIRA. The extremely prompt and helpful Atlassian people pointed me to some information describing this as a bug with the CVS server. It just so happens that is using this outdated version of the CVS server. The bug is scheduled to be fixed in the next version of CVS, but my question is, when will update their servers?

I did find that there is a bit of a workaround for this problem. Instead of using the symbolic links to the CVS repository, you can use the literal path. This is a bit more fragile, but should work for now. Instead of using, use