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CVS on Windows complains it cannot find my .cvspass file; why?

For pserver connections, CVS on the client side tries to find the .cvspass file in your home directory. Windows machines don't have a natural "home" directory, so CVS consults the environment variable %HOME%. However, you have to be very careful about how you set HOME. This will work:

     set HOME=C:

This will not:

     set HOME=C:\

That extra backslash is enough to confuse CVS, and it will be unable to open C:\\.cvspass.

So, the quick and permanent solution is to put

     set HOME=C:

into your autoexec.bat and reboot. CVS pserver should work fine after that.

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