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RE: doubt in CVS

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: doubt in CVS
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2004 09:35:03 -0400

shivraman giri wrote:
> For some goddamn reason, i m not able to send my messages on 
> the CVS-mailing list.
I'm cc-ing the cvs-info list so that others can see your question as well.
Anyone responding to this, please ensure Shivraman gets a copy of your

(Shivraman, my apologies for sending two copies - the first one had the
wrong email address for the CVS list)

> Hope you are in a position to solve this problem.
> Also, i m an extreme novice with UNIX and CVS.
> I wish to access my project source files, which are in a unix 
> server. currently we are using RCS as a version controller. 
> Now i want to use CVS so taht i can use the ECLIPSE IDE. I 
> dont want any special features of CVS; the use of CVS is to 
> be restricted to enable the use of ECLIPSE.
> My source files are in the following directories.
> u1/dev/src/utility
> u1/dev/src/messages
> u1/dev/src/business
> Can i set the "u1/dev/src" directory as a repository and
> access teh file within all the subdirectory ?
Yes, you should be able to do that quite easily. More details below.

> Is it enough if my UNIX server has CVS installed. Can i log 
> in and create a repository through my login ?
Yes. You will have to run:

cvs -d /ui/dev/src init

*NOTE*: I do not know for sure if it is really is that simple to convert an
existing, RCS-controlled directory to CVS. From what I know, it should be,
but there may be additional little "gotchas" to consider. I'm hoping that
someone else can jump in here and confirm or deny my allegations ;=)

In any case, it wouldn't hurt to back up your files before doing anything.

> Is there a beginners manual for such things ?
The CVS manual is online:

The section on creating repositories is here:

> Any other leads into this aspect will be helpful
A quick google on "convert rcs to cvs" turned up a few links that may be

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

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