04 October 2008

NetBeans and WinCVS local repository

On my Vista computer, I have a local CVS repository for version control in this folder: C:\Users\<user>\Documents\Repository. I checked out a module using WinCVS Build 4, so the module's CVSROOT is C:\Users\<user>\Documents\Repository. When I start any CVS operation in NetBeans 6.1, the operation is queued and hangs, or NetBeans reports this error: The pipe has been ended.

If you look into the NetBeans log file, C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Temp\outputN (where N is a number), you can find the following entry: cvs [server aborted]: C:\Users\<user>\Documents\Repository: no such repository.

Here's a workaround using CVSNT 2.0.51d.

First, add a repository name in the CVSNT Service. For me, I use Repository:

  1. Open Windows' Control Panel.
  2. Select the CVS for NT icon. Windows should open the CVSNT applet (in Vista, you have to confirm that you allow this legacy CPL applet to run).
  3. In the Status Service tab, stop CVS Service and CVS Lock Service.
  4. Select the Repositories tab.
  5. Press the Add button to create a new repository name. The Edit Repository dialog should appear.
  6. Set Location: = C:\Users\<user>\Documents\Repository.
  7. Set Name: = /Repository.
  8. Press the OK button save your repository name and close the Edit Repository dialog.
  9. Select the Service Status tab and start the CVS service.
  10. In the Status Service tab, start CVS Service and CVS Lock Service.
  11. Press the OK button to save your settings and close the CVSNT applet.

Second, edit all CVS/ROOT files in your project and replace the folder path with: :local:/Repository.

This entry tells NetBeans to use the :local: protocol to find Repository. However, WinCVS does not understand the :local: protocol, so you can't use WinCVS to maintain your project any more.