[rancid] Re: CVS Problem? Rancid continually gives error "Assertion failed: key != NULL, file hash.c, line 317"

Max Palatnik mpalatnik at wustl.edu
Mon Jun 9 15:22:43 UTC 2008

Well.. the third item did the trick.  I recreated the group after moving
the old broken one and re-ran rancid-run.  The error is no more and
everything looks okay. I wonder what happened.

Thanks for your help Austin


Austin Schutz wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 08, 2008 at 11:09:28PM -0500, Max Palatnik wrote:
>> cvs diff: Diffing .
>> cvs diff: Diffing configs
>> cvs diff: configs/cd-wohl-0.nts.wustl.edu is a new entry, no comparison 
>> available
>> cvs commit: Examining .
>> cvs commit: Examining configs
>> Assertion failed: key != NULL, file hash.c, line 317
>> cvs [commit aborted]: received abort signal
>> The process fails and it seems to start from scratch as if the switches 
>> had never once been contacted.  It seems like this is a CVS problem and 
>> I did a google search around and though the error pops up there doesn't 
>> seem to be a clear fix.  I tried deleting and recreating the group but 
>> that lead me to this same problem. I am by no means a CVS expert, so 
>> please don't hesitate to mention even the silliest suggestions should 
>> they apply here.
> 	Your log output starts at the 'cvs diff' part, which is after
> the new routers have been contacted and right before it would be committed.
> 	The thing I think is interesting about this is the
> "configs/cd-wohl-0.nts.wustl.edu is a new entry, no comparison" line. When
> there is a new router it gets cvs added and committed _before_ the router
> is polled and cvs diff run. Therefore when you reach this point it should
> _not_ be a new entry.
> 	This implies that cvs add and commit failed above where the router
> was added. You would have to look at your log to verify this.
> 	I would try a couple silly things:
> 	1. Remove any files in $CVSROOT/<group>/configs/Attic, just in case
> something about a preexisting file is angering cvs. Also remove
> $CVSROOT/<group>/configs/cd-wohl-0.nts.wustl.edu,v and any other failing
> files.
> 	2. Check your perms on $CVSROOT and all applicable subdirectories.
> The fact cvs has been able to add but not commit the file is a little weird.
> 	3. Do a cvs up -dA in <group>. Actually, I would remove (or move)
> <group> entirely and do cvs -d $CVSROOT checkout <group> to make sure you
> are all fresh and new, in case you have mismatched entries in 
> CVS/Entries (if you don't know what that is, don't worry about it).
> 	That should be good for a few moments of silliness. Also, when in
> doubt create a tar file of $CVSROOT and <group> before you begin, in case
> you foo something up while trying out these suggestions.
> 	Austin

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