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Re: Confused on transferring file from repository

From: Rob Helmer
Subject: Re: Confused on transferring file from repository
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2002 13:29:56 -0800
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On Tue, Apr 02, 2002 at 12:06:59PM -0800, Imraan wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm little confused. I understand that you are not to access the
> repository directly and you are suppose to checkout to your local
> computer. However, suppose we complete a project and want to transfer
> the code to say a remote IIS server, from where do you transfer the
> file? The repository files have been modified by rcs to have v
> extension so they are not directly usable. So does that mean we must
> checkout the latest revisions to our local computers and then transfer
> them to our production servers remotely?

Hi Imraan,

In a nutshell, yes. RCS files are the revision history for your project;
they belong on the CVS server, in backups, etc. *Never* on your webserver.

It sounds like you need some kind of "build&release" process, for software
anyway there is generally versions control, a build system, and some
kind of packaging/distribution system.

If you don't really need a "build" process, you can use CVS to help
you with the "release" part.. just do a "cvs export" of the module,
make an archive of it and install it on your remote webserver.

In many projects I've worked on, we've made an automated release/distribution
mechanism to update multiple servers, or just to maintain quality control
and reproducable install processes.

Rob Helmer

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