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Re: Question about CVS checkout vs. RCS

From: Kaz Kylheku
Subject: Re: Question about CVS checkout vs. RCS
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 22:13:02 GMT
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In article <address@hidden>,
address@hidden wrote:
> Dear folks,
>My company is looking into CVS as a replacement for RCS.  We currently have 
>scripts set up to customize the RCS commands to our configuration:  when I 
>out in RCS, using the scripts, the resulting module does not include the ',v' 
>the filename, or the symbolic tag information housed in the archive file.  When
>I use the CVS checkout command, the module I end up with matches the file in 
>repository, i.e. it has the ',v' and the tag info.

You must be doing something obtuse, like checking RCS ,v files into the
repostiory. Or maybe you tried to recursively import a repository module
into itself? This leads to ever lengthening chains of ,v,v,v,v suffixes.
The only solution then is to erase the whole mess and do it properly.

With CVS, the repository lives in a different place from the working
files. Its location is specified by an environment variable, or using
a command-line option. It can be in a distant directory, or on another
machine completely.

>I'm brand new to CVS, and not that old a hand at RCS, so pardon the naivete
>please.  Is there something in the website or the Cedarqvist that tells how to
>get around this behavior?

There is nothing that describes how to *get* this behavior.

You are best to learn how to use CVS properly from scratch.

It's possible to take RCS ,v files and manually add them to a CVS
repository. Thereby an RCS project can be converted directly to a CVS one.
I did that long ago with a few programs.

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