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3.3       knu         1: $FreeBSD$
3.2       knu         2:
3.1       knu         3: 1) To get cvsweb.cgi to work, make sure that you   scop        4:    have Perl 5 installed and a web server which is capable
                      5:    of executing cgi-scripts.
3.1       knu         6:   scop        7:    Surprisingly enough, you need to have cvs installed.  The recommended
                      8:    version of cvs is 1.11 or newer.  Older cvs versions may work with
                      9:    more or less quirks, YMMV.
                     11:    Currently, you'll also need to have the GNU RCS utilities  'rlog',
3.1       knu        12:    'rcsdiff' installed (current version is 5.7).
                     14:    This will change if cvs will be able
                     15:    to serve these functions without having a working directory
                     16:    [see TODO]   scop       17:    Note that the cvsweb.cgi script needs to have physical
3.1       knu        18:    access to the repository (or a copy of it) therefore;
                     19:    rsh/ssh or pserver access doesn't work yet.
                     20:   scop       21: 2) Copy cvsweb.conf to your configuration directory. If
3.1       knu        22:    you've installed Apache, $ServerRoot/conf (or $ServerRoot/etc
                     23:    with versions >= 1.3.0) makes sense.
                     24:    Edit cvsweb.conf to fit your needs, esp. set the CVS-Root(s)
                     25:    of the Repository(ies) you want to view.
                     26:    If your RCS utilities are not in the $PATH of the cgi execution
                     27:    environment you need to set it in the 'Misc' section as well.
                     28:   scop       29: 3) Copy cvsweb.cgi to the cgi script location of your web server.
3.1       knu        30:    Edit it to make the variable $config (look for 'Configuration Area')
                     31:    point to your configuration file.   scop       32:    If your perl binary isn't located in /usr/bin you'll have to edit the
3.1       knu        33:    first line of the script as well.   scop       34:    If you want to run cvsweb.cgi on Windows NT, see (6).
3.1       knu        35:   scop       36: 4) If you do not have the dir.gif, text.gif and back.gif icons, copy
                     37:    them somewhere in your $DocumentRoot and edit the %ICONS hash
                     38:    in cvsweb.conf.  You won't need to do this if you have a stock
                     39:    Apache installed - they're located in the default icons directory.
3.1       knu        40:    The icons distributed with this cvsweb are in the public domain.   scop       41:    If you think that the default icons are too large, use the corresponding
                     42:    mini icons in the icons/ directory and change the %ICONS hash in
3.1       knu        43:    cvsweb.conf.
                     44:   scop       45: 5) Have fun!
3.1       knu        46:
3.2       knu        47: 6) If you've Windows NT running, calling of external programs with parameters
3.1       knu        48:    single quoted doesn't work (search for rcsdiff, rlog in   scop       49:    cvsweb.cgi), you've to replace it with double quotes.  Thanks to
                     50:    Nick Brachet for pointing this out.
3.1       knu        51:    I don't know if cvs-annotate works on NT.
                     53:    > From: Nick Brachet <nick@gradient.com>
                     54:    [...]
                     55:    > I'm running NT <g> and I had to patch a few things. For example,
                     56:    >   open(RCS, "co -p$rev '$fullname' 2>&1 |")
                     57:    > will fail on NT because the ' are not recognized. Using " will work
                     58:    > though.
3.2       knu        60: 7) If you like you can add descriptions to be shown next to each directory   scop       61:    or module name.  These are read from CVSROOT/descriptions.
3.1       knu        62:
                     63:    - Check out a copy of your CVSROOT
                     64:    - edit checkoutlist and add a line that says
                     65:        descriptions
                     66:    - edit descriptions.  Add one line for each directory that you would like
                     67:      to have a comment for.  You can have HTML in the descriptions.
                     68:      These lines are relative from the $CVSROOT.  Example:
3.3       knu        69:        JVote          An application to assist with <A HREF="http://www.irtc.org/">IRTC</A> voting
                     70:        JVote/images   Store the images for JVote
                     71:        JVote/tools    Scripts to startup JVote
3.1       knu        72:    - cvs add descriptions
                     73:    - cvs commit
                     74:    - Set $use_descriptions to 1 in cvsweb.conf.
                     76: --------------------
                     78: if you got PROBLEMS ..
                     79: ----------------------
                     81: If you've trouble to make cvsweb.cgi work ...
                     82: .. if nothing seems to work:   scop       83:  o Check if you can execute CGI-scripts (Apache needs to have an
                     84:    ScriptAlias /cgi-bin or cgi-script Handler defined).  Try to
                     85:    execute a simple CGI script that often comes with the distribution
                     86:    of the web server; locate the log files and try to find hints
                     87:    which explain the malfunction.
                     88: o  View the entries in the web servers error.log
3.1       knu        89:
                     90: .. If cvsweb seems to work but doesn't show the expected result
                     91:   (Typical error: you can't see any files)   scop       92:  o Check whether the CGI script has read permissions to your
                     93:    CVS-Repository.  The CGI script often runs as the user 'nobody'
                     94:    or 'httpd'...
                     95:    If you use annotation, the user needs to have write permissions
3.1       knu        96:    to CVSROOT/history and to the directory the file is in in order
                     97:    to place the read-lock.   scop       98:    If you don't want cvsweb to write into your CVSROOT/history, build
3.1       knu        99:    a fake cvsroot with symlinks to the 'real' CVS-directories and make
                    100:    a fake CVSROOT/history as symbolic link to /dev/null.   scop      101:    If you don't want cvs called from cvsweb to place read-locks - let
3.1       knu       102:    cvsweb operate on a copy.   scop      103:  o Does cvsweb find your RCS-utils/cvs-binary(annotate) ? ($ENV{PATH} in
3.1       knu       104:    cvsweb.conf !)   scop      105:  o cvsweb allows for compression now.  It is determined first,
                    106:    if the browser accepts gzip-encoding.  But - no rule without
3.1       knu       107:    exception - MSIE claims to understand gzip encoded content but   scop      108:    displays garbage .. so MSIE is disabled now.  Maybe you find another
3.1       knu       109:    Browser with this problem, then you should disable compression ! schwarze  110:    ($allow_compress=0 in cvsweb.conf).