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RE: Access to old "historic" CVS releases ?

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: Access to old "historic" CVS releases ?
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2004 09:30:19 -0400

Johan Holmberg wrote:
> Are old source code releases of CVS available in some way ?
> Many other free software packages have many ("all" ?) old releases
> available for download in the same way as recent ones.
> But for CVS I haven't seen this.
> And as far as I understand the CVS archives of CVS itself aren't
> available either.
You have been misinformed. Or perhaps your information is out of date - the
repository was taken offline very briefly about a month or two ago, due to
an attack on the server.

The CVS source repository is available at You can get full
instructions for accessing the repository at It looks like
the repository goes back ten years, to version 1.5 - that should be ancient
enough to get the comparisons you need ;=)

One caveat: last time I checked, the instructions mentioned pserver access -
pserver was disabled after the attack I mentioned. Set up an SSH client

> The reason I want to know, was that I was trying to find out exaclty
> when a certain behaviour of CVS started. Therefore I had planned to
> build a number of versions of CVS and compare the behaviour among
> these.
You could also ask on the bug-cvs list. Several of the veterans there may
recognize the behaviour change you're looking for, and know when it was
introduced/fixed/whatever. Or, check the NEWS file in the root directory of
the source tree - it may also have the information you want.

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

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