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Re: Newbie: update vs. checkout

From: Colin Robinson
Subject: Re: Newbie: update vs. checkout
Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 20:23:02 +0100
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Irving Kimura <address@hidden> wrote:

> I'm sorry for this very stupid question, but after spending a lot
> of time reading the CVS documentation, I still don't understand
> what *exactly* is the difference between update and checkout.
> Could someone explain it to me?
> Thanks!
> Irv

Checkout gets a copy from the Repository so you can work with it.

Update - 'After you've run checkout to create your private copy of
source from the common repository, other developers will continue
changing the central source. From time to time, when it is convenient in
your development process, you can use the update command from within
your working directory to reconcile your work with any revisions applied
to the source repository since your last checkout or update.'

So it seems to me that your working copy will be updated from the

Someone that knows more should be along shortly if I've got it wrong.


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