need help on CVS diff

Jeffrey Hutzelman jhutz at
Wed Jan 17 22:41:30 EST 2007

On Wednesday, January 17, 2007 05:39:46 AM -0500 Ken Raeburn 
<raeburn at> wrote:

> On Jan 17, 2007, at 01:43, Vipin Rathor wrote:
>> BTW, I am still having tough nights in accessing the old CVS-style
>> tickets.
>> I've installed a CVS client binary & whenver I ran CVS diff
>> command, this is the response I'm getting:
>> c:\>cvs -d :pserver:anoncvs at diff -r1.56
>> -r1.57 src/lib/gssapi/krb5/gssapiP_krb5.h
>> cvs [diff aborted]: authorization failed: server
>> rejected access to /cvs/krbdev for user anoncvs
>> Am I doing something wrong?
> Try "cvs -d ... login" and give the password "anoncvs", then retry
> the diff.  That seemed to work for me just now.  (On the machine in
> my office where I tested what I sent before, I'm sure I'd done the
> login long ago.)
> The path in the repository starts with "krb5", so you want "krb5/src/
> lib/...", and at least with the CVS client I'm trying, it doesn't
> seem to like diffs in a subdirectory without a checked-out tree.

That's the difference between 'cvs diff', which uses your sandbox, and
'cvs rdiff', which does not.  If you use the latter, you won't need to do a 
checkout first.

-- Jeff

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