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bug #45940: CVS cannot connect to remote repo on MSWindows7

Submitted by:  Vincent Belaïche <vincentb1>
Submitted on:  Sat 12 Sep 2015 11:18:51 AM UTC  
Category:  Bug Report Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  None Status:  None
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Sat 26 Sep 2015 08:00:05 PM UTC, comment #3:


I think that I have found what was going wrong. In fact I had two problems at the same time, which made sorthing this out a bit more chalenging.

= My 1st problem =

On my MSW-XP machine, the PuTTY ssh program (aka plink) was there:

and I had configured the envvars like this:

and everything was fine, but on my MSW-7 machine, the PuTTY program was installed there:

and therefore I had accordingly configured the envvars like this:

but that was a problem, as I got :

Only the :perserver: protocol is affected by this problem (anonymous access). The :ext: is fine (authenticated access).

Now this first problem was solved by replacing "Program Files (x86)" by the equivalent short name, which is "PROGRA~2" in my case, you can know yours by doing:

So after doing this:

and CVS works.

= My 2nd problem =

In fact it was not working in my case neither for authenticated access, nor for anonymous access, because I had a second problem. As you can read on Sourceforge CVS doc, sourcefore supports CVS up to CVS 1.11.x. However I was using CVS 1.12.13a, here is what I get with CVS 1.12.13a correctly configures envvars CVS_RSH and CVS_SSH:

If in addtion the envars are configured with "Program Files (x86)" instead of "PROGRA~2", which was my initial situation on MSW-7, then I get the same errors:

Vincent Belaïche <vincentb1>
Mon 21 Sep 2015 08:03:58 PM UTC, comment #2:

I am using CVS version 1.11.23 on my windows 7 cygwin (32 bits) systm, which btw is fully up-to-date, and version 1.12.13 on my windows XP cygwin system.
The latter works fine and never exhibited the described behavior, while the former complained of some(?) problem with the public key until I scrubbed it and reloaded with a clean system. It timed out when I accessed my system (EFCP) on my Lenovo laptop, as the owner. It did not complain when I accessed the system on the laptop. as an anonymous user.

William Silverman <zevkaspi>
Sat 12 Sep 2015 09:39:45 PM UTC, comment #1:

FYI, I had first blamed sourceforge, but it proved out that CVS client seems to be the culprit:

sourceforge ticker #11126

Vincent Belaïche <vincentb1>
Sat 12 Sep 2015 11:18:51 AM UTC, original submission:


Since I have changed my PC from MSW XP to MSW 7, I can no longer use CVS to access distant repo. However CVS works fine for repo with protocol :local:

I get the following message:

I got this same error message above both with CVS version 1.11.22 & 1.12.13a

The cvs I just used to get this error message is that version:

Environment is as follows:

Please note that:

  • SVN is working fine for distant repo using SSH (so PuTTY is not to blame, AFAI can understand.
  • using forward slashes instead of backward slashes does not help
  • using the long name "Program Files (x86)" instead of PROGRA~2 does not help either.
Vincent Belaïche <vincentb1>


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