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Re: CVS server/client

From: Pierre Asselin
Subject: Re: CVS server/client
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2005 02:13:44 +0000 (UTC)
User-agent: tin/1.6.1-20030810 ("Mingulay") (UNIX) (NetBSD/2.0 (i386))

Steve <address@hidden> wrote:

> I downloaded winCVS.  When I installed it, it complained about Python.  I
> had python installed.  Don't know why it complained about it.

Then what you downloaded is probably not CVS.

> I installed winCVS [ ... ]

There you go!  what you downloaded is WinCvs.  As far as I know it
consists of cvsnt (not cvs but close) plus a GUI, plus a scripting
facility if you have Python and/or (I think) Tcl.  There is very
little wincvs expertise here.  Did you try looking for docs on the
web site where you got your download ?

> Main thing is:  does CVS need to be installed on a server?  Or are there
> only client installs?

On unix boxes there is one cvs program that acts both as server
and client.  To support a group of developers, usually you select
one machine as the server and perform some configuration steps on
it.  On the clients the users just set an environment variable
and they are ready to go.

On Windows boxes there is cvsnt.  I know it can act as the client
and I'm pretty sure it can be the server, but I have no clue how
to configure one.  See http:/www.cvsnt.org .

On Windows the client is usually supplemented by a graphical
front-end because Windows users want that.  WinCvs is such a
front-end.  It's one of the more complicated ones.  If you're just
starting out I suggest you try http://www.tortoisecvs.org/ , which
is a much simpler graphical front-end.  It comes with a cvsnt binary
so you have everything you need to set up a client.  If you don't
have a server you can use your own PC as its own server (see FAQ)
but you won't be able to support a team that way, only yourself.
Still, it's probably the easiest way to get started.  When you're
up to speed on ttcvs you can read up on cvsnt and see if you can
set up a networked server.

pa at panix dot com

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