Adding an external repository

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When adding or configuring a CVS (Concurrent Versions System) repository, you can:

There are also the following CVS-specific actions:

Known Limitations

  • To add a CVS repository, Fisheye must have file system access to the repository. If you cannot install Fisheye on the same server as CVS, then use rsync to mirror the repository.
  • Currently, Fisheye does not handle the $Log RCS expansion keyword correctly. Some diff results (and line numbers in diffs) may appear incorrect in files where $Log is used.

CVS repository setup

To add an external CVS repository to Fisheye:

  1. Click the 'cog' menu in the Fisheye header, and choose Administration (you'll need to be logged in as an administrator to see this link).
  2. Click Repositories (under 'Repository Settings').
  3. Click Add repository.
  4. Complete the wizard:
Repository TypeChoose CVS.

Display Name

A name for this repository. The name may contain alphanumeric, underscore, '-' or '.' characters and its length must not exceed 100 characters.

(info) Note that a repository name is different from its key. See Renaming a repository for details. 


A short description of this repository.


The path to the CVS repository. This is often /usr/local/cvsroot. This is a path in the server's file system.


The character set used to interpret and display text files.

Enable immediately

Controls whether Fisheye will immediately enable this repository, which starts the initial scan. If you wish to do some further configuration before the scan starts, then select 'No'. You can enable a repository later from the Repository List.

Last modified on Oct 25, 2018

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