CVS error: server reported an error while performing the "cvs add" command. common: cvs server: [filename] added independently by second party.
January 30, 2009
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When trying to replace some old files in my local workspace, then commit the new ones to CVS, I got this error:

    The server reported an error while performing the "cvs commit" command. myproject: cvs server: failed to create lock directory for `/cvsrepositories/path_to/myproject' (/cvsrepositories/path_to/myproject/subfolder/#cvs.lock): No such file or directory common: cvs server: lock failed - giving up myproject: cvs [server aborted]: lock failed - giving up - did not match any documents.

It turned out that the files had been previously stored in another CVS repository, with a different directory structure. Some of the directories still had CVS folders with pointers to the old repository directories and hostname.

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Posted by ellen at January 30, 2009 06:15 PM

I went through all the CVS folders in each directory and changed the paths and hosts to make sure there were no incorrect pointers, but I still got this error when trying to commit the changed files.

Finally I found a way to get it to accept the new versions of the files:

  • Synchronize the files.
  • Mark them all as "Merged".
  • THEN you can commit them, and it will not complain.

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    Thanks, you helped me :)

    Awesome, thanks.

    I think you have created your folder structure by copying one folder and pasting it to other folders. You had added the folder copied into the cvs earlier and it included cvs-folder so your cvs structure fails! Remove cvs folders from pasted folders and add folders one by one into the cvs.

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