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RE: Organizing Documents/Websites/Source Code

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: Organizing Documents/Websites/Source Code
Date: Tue, 18 May 2004 09:20:09 -0400

Peter Sotos wrote:
> I have a lot of corporate data which I want to store in CVS. 
> This ranges
> from RTF Office Policy Documents to Source Code. I don't want 
> to have 100's
> of modules in a single repository because it would become 
> difficult to find
> which module you wanted.
On the contrary, a well-organized CVSROOT/modules file will make it *easier*
to find the module you want. Instead of checking out
this/that/other/blah/mymodule you just check out mymodule. Done.

> I thought about having 3 modules (src, docs, websites), but 
> then the module
> listing command in wincvs would never give you a good listing of the
> repositories in cvs.
It seems to me splitting your data across different repositories will
actually make this worse - instead of connecting to one repository and
browsing a single set of modules, now you have to connect to three different
repositories to find what you want.

> Also, I am unfamiliar with how 
> sub-modules work. I have
> heard that you can have them but not sure of the 
> implementation details
> (imports/checkouts/etc with sub modules). Also, how can I get 
> a list of all
> of the sub modules for a particular module?
I don't use WinCVS, but from the command line you can just type

cvs co -c

and it will list the contents of the modules file.

> In any case, has any had to deal with a problem like I am 
> having? If so,
> what were your approaches to it?
Single repository, well-organized modules file. We have 193 modules listed
in the file (including modules used just to experiment with CVS).

Jim Hyslop
Senior Software Designer
Leitch Technology International Inc. (
Columnist, C/C++ Users Journal (

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