Maintaining a partial cvs workarea

Dennis Gilmore dennis at
Sun Aug 24 21:51:05 UTC 2008

On Sunday 24 August 2008 04:16:33 pm Chris Weyl wrote:
> 2008/8/24 Axel Thimm <Axel.Thimm at>:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I'm keeping only a partial checkout of the packages, e.g. the ones I'm
> > maintaining. Now I'd like to be able to cvs up and have all updates
> > flow in, but if I do so cvs will want to get all other thousand
> > packages in.
> >
> > Until now I'm using a poor man's solution with a for loop and
> > pushd/popd, but it's extremely slow due to login in for each package.
> >
> > Is there a more clever way to get cvs up running w/o pulling in all of
> > the cvsroot? I could probably manually edit CVS/Entries, but this feels
> > a bit dirty. What are other packagers doing?
> With respect to the ssh logins required for each cvs operation, I tend
> to use opportunistic connection multiplexing.  e.g., in my
> ~/.ssh/config I have:
> ----
> ControlMaster auto
> ControlPath   ~/.ssh/sockets/%h_%p_%r_multi.sock
> Host
>     Compression      yes
>     CompressionLevel 3
> ----
> And then I just do a "ssh -f -N".  It
> authenticates me once, then just kicks around in the background until
> I perform a network operation though CVS, at which point the "new"
> connection is routed through the existing one.  If I haven't forked
> off a connection to c.f.r.c, no biggie, ssh just connects per usual.
> This won't help with selectively pulling down CVS, but it should make
> each operation a smidge faster :-)
>                           -Chris
That shouldnt work with the Makefiles.  since they all use not the old legacy address :)


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