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Re: co -D 'the time revision 5.4 of a.c was committed'

From: Russ Sherk
Subject: Re: co -D 'the time revision 5.4 of a.c was committed'
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2005 07:58:20 -0400

On 24 Oct 2005 23:31:38 -0700, bill pursell <address@hidden> wrote:
Currently, the thing that annoys me about CVS is that I can't
seem to get a copy of the tree as it was at a certain time.
That's not quite what I mean.  Suppose I want to know what
the module foo looked like when a particular revision, say 5.4,
of file a.c was checked in.  Currently, I have to checkout foo, look
at the log for a.c to determine the time that revision 5.4 was
committed, and then checkout the module with -D for that time.
3 steps instead of 1.  How does one do that directly?


Revision numbers are for CVS' internal use.  To take a snapshot of a codebase, you should use tags (and possibly branches).  A good starting point is section 4 of the cvs manual 'Revisions' (  Specifically the tags section (

#Apply a tag
cvs tag MY_SNAPSHOT_0_1 myModule
#Check out the snapshot later
cvs co -r MY_SNAPSHOT_0_1 myModule


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