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Old 04-27-2007, 04:19 PM   #1
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Question Wierd CVS checkout problem from CGI perl script

I am trying to create a Intranet Web interface to allow non-technical types to kickoff our build script via a CGI interface.

* CGI interface works.
* Perl script executes and does everything BUT the CVS checkout I request.
* CVS does get execute (/usr/local/cvsroot/CVSROOT/history shows the checkout request)
* CVS only creates an empty working directory (with just the CVS control files). None of the actual project files are in it.
* Same script run from the command-line sudoed as www-data checks out all the files correctly.

Here is the relevant code:
    `/bin/rm -rf $dirSrc/dqcode`;
    print "Normal CVS checkout of dqcode...\n";
    $syscmd = "cd $dirSrc; pwd; /usr/bin/cvs -d $dirCvs checkout $strProject";
    print "Executing $syscmd\n";  
This outputs this when run as CGI-BIN:

Normal CVS checkout of dqcode...
Executing cd /share/Builds/Src; pwd; /usr/bin/cvs -d /usr/local/cvsroot checkout dqcode
CVS checkout of /share/Builds/Src/dqcode failed!
And when run from the command-line it outputs:
Normal CVS checkout of dqcode...
Executing cd /share/Builds/Src; pwd; /usr/bin/cvs -d /usr/local/cvsroot checkout
cvs checkout: Updating dqcode
cvs checkout: Updating dqcode/Autorun
I suspected a current directory or permission problem, but the sudo as www-data test and pwd check seem to verify that isn't it. Any other ideas? Any CVS error log somewhere other than the history file? I know CVS is the one failing, but cannot seem to get any debug output (the -v parameter didn't output anything either).

Blitzkrieg ('tanks in advance),


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