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Re: terminology question: modules, directories, authors

From: Paul Sander
Subject: Re: terminology question: modules, directories, authors
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 10:50:10 -0700

Directories are real artifacts in a filesystem.  In context, the term might
also include the contents of the directory, possibly with recursive descent.

A module is a CVS concept that names to collections of artifacts that can
be copied from a CVS repository to a filesystem via the "checkout" or "export"
commands.  Modules can be defined in the "modules" database, or they can refer
to directories contained by the directory named in the $CVSROOT environment

I usually use the term "user" to describe anyone who might invoke the CVS
command line.  I use the term "developer" to describe a user who is involved
in some methodology to produce a project.  One of the characteristics of
a developer is that he uses the "commit" command, but there's an implication
that he is performing much more than simply saving changes to files.

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I'm a developer for a CVS related project ( and have
some questions on the accurate use of some terminology:

When do you call something a module, and when do you call it a directory?

Which term do you suggest for referring to the users who commit to a
repository? Authors? Users? Developers?

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