How I stopped Serena PVCS Tracker from hanging

Derick Williams's picture

PVCS Tracker used to do the same to me. I tried the below steps and it worked like a charm.

What I did is below:

Turning off Refresh (this will improve PVCS Tracker response time ):
Open the following file:C:\WINDOWS\PVCSTRK.INI
Add the following two lines:
Save the file..

3 Answers

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waynecm replied on April 27, 2012 - 6:44pm.

Yes, that is the old advice I've used for years. But now that I have Windows 7, it doesn't work. pvcstrk.ini resides only in c:\windows, but the trick doesn't seem to have any effect. I also tried refresh_time=9999999999 with no effect - I still get a refresh every 6 minutes or so.

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waynecm replied on June 4, 2012 - 11:48am.

Well, PVCS refreshes much more often if you are actually using it. It seems like once a minute to me, with a refresh locking things up for about 10 seconds each time.

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waynecm replied on July 2, 2012 - 5:48pm.

I figured it out.

I had a pvcstrk.ini get automatically created at


I guess the PVCS Client, run not in Administrator mode, can’t write back to


So, instead, it writes to that VirtualStore location. From then on, the VirtualStore copy is read. Hand editing the copy in C:\windows won’t do any good.

You either need to delete the VirtualStore copy, or edit that one.

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