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Subject: ANNOUNCE: Beta for CVS for MVS
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Well, after several years of development (on and off), a full function
CVS is now available for OS/390 (AKA MVS) in a beta release.

What is CVS and why should I use it?  See  CVS is
a source code versioning system.  It allows users to manage their source
code (as well as web pages, etc.).  Unlike other versioning systems, it
also allows for concurrent editing of these source files.  In addition,
CVS is well suited for source management over multiple platforms, over a
LAN, WAN and even the Internet.  My personal benchmarking shows CVS beats
out PVCS over a WAN with over an order of magnitude (and almost 2 orders)
improvement in time and network traffic.

This port of CVS is based on the release and should support all
the features of the other platforms, as well as being multi-platform

CVS for MVS will automatically convert source from the repository's
codeset to that of the client (i.e. ASCII to EBCDIC) for text files while
maintaining binary integrity for binary files.  

This version has support for compression (-z option), patching, and
binary support (-kb).

As of this time however, the CVS for MVS server has not been tested,
volunteers welcome.

CVS for MVS runs under OS390 Unix System Services, but should probably
run under TSO or batch as long as you use the HFS.  Anyone want to try

CVS for MVS has successfully passed the tests with only minor
modifications to the tests.

There are still several minor work items left to do, including
documenting the changes from this port.  We will hopefully get this port
merged back into the main CVS source tree.

Source for CVS for MVS is available at

Anonymous CVS:
cvs -d :pserver:address@hidden:/cvsroot login
password: guest
cvs -d :pserver:address@hidden:/cvsroot export -d cvs-1-11-0-5-mvs3
-r mvs3 ccvs

Binary is available at

Please be patient with, it's only a P90 running on a DSL link,
don't everyone start downloading at once now.

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to this project, including
Jeff Trawick <address@hidden>, Preston L. Bannister
<address@hidden>, Dave Ormsby, & Deiter Kessler, as well as others
who've paved the way.

Any bug reports can be sent to me at address@hidden  If you use this
port of CVS, please send me a brief note describing how your using it so
we can gauge how well it is working and what configurations are in use.

As with all GNU software, this code is provided "as is" with no warranty,
expressed nor implied, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Wayne Johnson,             | There are two kinds of people: Those 
3943 Penn Ave. N.          | who say to God, "Thy will be done," 
Minneapolis, MN 55412-1908 | and those to whom God says, "All right, 
(612) 522-7003             | then,  have it your way." --C.S. Lewis

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