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Re: [Fwd: CVS again]

From: Derek R. Price
Subject: Re: [Fwd: CVS again]
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 10:52:30 -0400

"Derek R. Price" wrote:

>   ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Subject: CVS again
> Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 07:00:00 -0000
> From: "amit madhok" <address@hidden>
> To: address@hidden
> Sir,
> I thank you for your quick reply. your answers have been very
> helpful. today i came to know from my senior about why this
> software is needed.(he does not have any idea,came to know
> through someone)our overseas client has the source code of
> the software and at times there is a version conflict
> Though you have answered my query but i put the same
> question again
> Can i distribute the entire project on the web ?

If you really mean web, yes.  There are at least several web browsers and a
web client.  I consider the web client to be somewhat clunky.  Poking around
on should provide links to some of the other clients.

> Can we host the source code  centrally so that both the parties can
> have access to it and at any given point of time
> . in this case there is no need to maintain two separate copies(one at
> client side,one for us) this will lead to easy maintenance and
> no discrepency with respect to source code. Is it possible
> if it is how could it be done?.

CVS is good at remote repositories.  Read the manual on  Security might be another matter.
There's some discussion of those matters in the manual, but you might want to
scan the recent discussions on this list about that.

> What does client interface and Web based interface mean with
> respect to cvs. which interface does it support.
> There are several web browsers, at least one web client and a java client
> available, but no, strictly speaking, CVS is not browser based.(your reply)
> what are the names of web browsers ,web client(what do you mean by it0
> Java client?

There are pages and pages of doc describing what features are required in a
minimal CVS client much less a fully functional one.  Basically a client
should allow write access in my current simplistic usage. jCVS is the name of
one of the Java clients.  Again, poke around on or try web
searches.  jCVS is pretty good, IIRC, CVS itself compiles and runs on a lot of
platforms, and there are several usable GUIs ( ).

> if i were to use it what are its advantages over
> Visual Soure Safe and what are its disadvantages.
> as i am doing a comparative study between the two and
> your answers would be very helpful to me in ginving
> a correct report to my boss.

VSS is bad at networks.  CVS is good at it.  VSS uses a locking model.  CVS
allows concurrent development.  Read the manual of search the list archives
for more detail - this comes up a lot.

I'm reluctant to turn marketer/evangelist, but we already advertise Karl
Fogel's book occasionally, so here goes...

My current employer, Collab.Net, provides complete (sic) solutions along these
lines to assist distributed development, including integrated CVS
repositories, user management, public/private projects & ACLs, issue tracking,
mailing lists & archives, and more, and most of it is open source...  I don't
know if you wanted anything this complex/expensive, but you ask a lot of
questions, so hit their site (link in my sig) if this sounds interesting.

Of course, if you're determined to learn CVS, please make use of the manual,
web pages, mail archives, and FAQ (links to many of which are available from ), preferably before asking new questions on this info
list, but we'll likely try and help anyhow, even if just with more links.

> i would be certainly going through the sites mentioned
> An early reply would be appreciated.
> Thanking  you in anticipation

I do my best.

Derek Price                      CVS Solutions Architect (
mailto:address@hidden         CollabNet ( )
I will not teach others to fly.
I will not teach others to fly.
I will not teach others to fly...

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