How to migrate the CVS repository from one machine to another?

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  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6
  • CVS (Concurrent Versions System)


  • How can I migrate CVS repository to a new machine or location?
  • How to export a CVS repository from one machine to another?
  • Would it work if I transfer the whole CVSROOT then make it the CVSROOT of the new machine?


Once you setup the CVS server on new system, do the following:

  • Copy the entire CVS repository from old server and put it on new system.
  • Run the following on the new cvs server.
# cvs -d new_directory_name init
  • Check whether you are able to access the new server’s repository.
  • Cut off the access to the old cvs repository.

  • Note: cvs init is careful to never overwrite any existing files in the repository, so no harm is done if you run cvs init on an already set-up repository. It may also be a good idea to set your CVSROOT environment variable first.

Diagnostic Steps

  • Component
  • cvs

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