Subject: Could CVS mirrors contain corrupt files?
To: None <>
From: Ryan Cresawn <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 01/06/2005 11:52:39

I'm concerned about memory corruption on the primary CVS server,, and the potential for its mirrors to now store
corrupt files.  Specifically, is it the case that the memory
corruption on could have resulted in corrupt files
being stored on disk and then copied to some or all of the mirror

In an effort to checkout pkgsrc-2004Q4 from, I
encountered the following error and this is the basis for my question:

# cvs co -r pkgsrc-2004Q4 pkgsrc        
cvs checkout: Updating pkgsrc
cvs checkout: Updating pkgsrc/archivers
cvs checkout: Updating pkgsrc/archivers/9e
cvs checkout: Updating pkgsrc/archivers/9e/patches
cvs checkout: Updating pkgsrc/archivers/advancecomp
 >--- many lines of output removed for brevity
cvs checkout: Updating pkgsrc/doc
cvs checkout: Updating pkgsrc/doc/guide
cvs checkout: Updating pkgsrc/doc/guide/files
cvs [checkout aborted]: unrecognized operation '\xa' in /cvsroot/pkgsrc/doc/guide/files/editing.xml,v

Furthermore, if we had pkgsrc-2004Q4.tar.gz on or its
mirrors, would this have reduced the dependence on
and its mirrors?  Please see my previous post on this topic: