Essential CVS 

CVS, Concurrent Versioning System, is a popular source code management tool that frees developers from the chaos that often occurs when multiple users work on the same file. An open source technology available on most computer platforms, including Windows® and Mac OS® X, CVS is widely used to manage program code, website content, and track changes. for the system configuration file. Multiple users can check out files from a directory tree, make changes, and then commit those changes to the directory. If two developers modify the same file, CVS allows both sets of changes to be merged into one final file. While CVS is a lifesaver in many development cases, it is difficult to document. But with Essential CVS, developers can have it all: the freedom brought by CVS and the comprehensive documentation developers need. The Essential CVS is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow reference that helps programmers and system administrators manage large amounts of documents. The book covers the basics and usage of CVS and provides a comprehensive reference to CVS commands – including a handy command reference map for quick field testing. The book also includes advanced information on all aspects of CVS related to automation, logging, branching, merging, and “clocks”.

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Book Description

This easy-to-follow reference shows a variety of professionals how to use the Concurrent Versions System (CVS), the open-source tool that lets you manage versions of anything stored in files. Ideal for software developers tracking different versions of the same code, this new edition has been expanded to explain common usages of CVS for system administrators, project managers, software architects, user interface (UI) specialists, graphic designers, and others.
Current version 1.12, Essential CVS, 2nd Edition offers an overview of CVS, explains the core concepts, and describes the commands that most people use on a day-to-day basis. For those who need to get up to speed rapidly, the book`s Quickstart Guide shows you how to build and use a basic CVS repository with the default settings and a minimum of extras.
You’ll also find:
A full command reference that details all aspects of customizing CVS for automation, logging, branching, merging documents, and creating alerts
Examples and descriptions of the most commonly used options for each command
Why and when to tag or branch your project, tagging before releases, and using branching to create a bugfix version of a project
Details on the systems used in CVS to permit multiple developers to work on the same project without loss of data

About the Author

Jennifer Vesperman is the author of Essential CVS. She writes for the O’Reilly Network, the Linux Documentation Project, and occasionally Linux.Com. As a programmer and system administrator, she currently works with Cybersource, an Australian IT consulting company. She is the current coordinator of LinuxChix, an advocacy and support group focused on women using and developing open source programs (especially Linux).


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