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Old 10-31-2003, 11:55 AM   #1
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what the hell is cvs?

I see cvs everywhere, mplayer, xine, kde, everywhere u can use the vcs version, but what exactly is cvs, could anybody explain me?
Old 10-31-2003, 12:00 PM   #2
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cvs: concurrent version system. its a way to manage code when lots of people are working on the same project. I generally would only recommend stable releases (cvs is usually unstable stuff, as in: stuff that is in development now, line next version/beta). Do not worry about it unless you very proficient with linux.
Old 10-31-2003, 12:02 PM   #3
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IT's a code librarian - it saves different versions of code so that you can check out any version -- v1.02.3 make changes to it and then store it back as v1.02.4 for example.

Or if you want to get v1.01.11 and compare it to another version, say 1.3.0, you can check out both of them and a do a diff on the files.
Old 10-31-2003, 12:05 PM   #4
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Actually, he might want to know at least how to use it, in case he gets a whole archive to work with for some reason.

zlib will let you download the whole archive, for example.


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