[arch-dev-public] Getting rid of the ABS <-> CVS link

eliott eliott at cactuswax.net
Fri Nov 16 16:29:24 EST 2007

On 11/16/07, Aaron Griffin <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey guys,
> I wanted to bring this up here to see if anyone had any input.
> For the longest time I have hated that ABS is dependent on our version
> control system. Not only that but we have this whole csup/cvsup thing
> which is annoying, and _now_ we hit yet another snag: csup doesn't
> have cvsupd, which means we can't get rid of the cvsup package on
> gerolde.
> So yeah, CVS == headache.
> I wanted to try to get rid of this, and Dan had a brilliant idea:
>    * Some cron job (or even cvs hook) that does a simple export of the
> repo when it needs to.
>    * rsyncd supplying that exports that dir
>    * Modify 'abs' to use rsync
>    * Boom, done
> Does anyone have any issues with something like that? Or any better ideas?

Sounds full of win to me.
1. We already leverage rsync. It will just be some setup on our end.

2. rsync is scm agnostic. If we change scm in the future, we just
change the export dir generation sequence. To the end user, it is

3. It should migrate well. End users will just get the new abs
package, and sync. There should be no need to nuke and refetch
abs..just update with rsync.

4. One less service running on gerolde. Ever run top and watch cvsupd? lulz

5. We can throttle the speed with rsyncd configuration options if we
want. This might be a nice way to make sure people don't go crazy with
it or something.

6. Standard from the end user perspective. Lots of similar things use
rsync. I think bsd ports can be rsync fetched, for instance.

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