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Re: Is there any way to tell CVS update to show file revisions

From: Todd Denniston
Subject: Re: Is there any way to tell CVS update to show file revisions
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 09:40:39 -0400
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Arthur Barrett wrote, On 08/26/2008 11:17 PM:

I forgot to mention that we're a Windows shop and use WinCVS and CVSNT mostly

There are separate newsgroups for both CVSNT and WinCVS - check the web
sites for the links or look at the bottom of this e-mail after my
signature.  Todd knows a lot about 'non-gnu CVS' but nothing much about

I'm hurt ... you know me too well :).
Though pretty much everything the normal cvs does, CVSNT does as well, so in general my answers (using cvs commands) should work. The problem comes when I suggest running those commands inside of Unix scripts, which I did for my previous answer.

and 'non-gnu CVS' is generally used on unix so the answers you
get here will generally rely on CVS only commands and also rely on unix
commands like grep and sed and awk.

, so when I do an update or pull based on a label or tag, I get a very crude list of files with no details and the detail is in WinCVS gui. So I downloaded the free standing cvs.exe

There is already a cvs.exe on your system before you downloaded another
- you can even see WinCVS executing the cvs.exe commands in the command
window.  Cvs.exe is usually in the same folder as WinCVS (but does not
need to be).

IIRC, CVSNT (or wincvs) includes a copy of I would suggest running it with the options -r -t and see if it gives you _closer_ to what you want with out having to write any other scripts (assuming some one on the CVSNT list has not given you a CVSNT command to get the answers yet). If the person who has been maintaining is keeping up with the perl version, you may be able to have output an XML file that you can parse in MANY ways.

and gnu command tools and I may be able to write use your scripts to get what I need.

Except you probably do not need those scripts - if you just ask on the
correct newsgroup or read the cvsnt manual you will find that CVSNT will
provide a list of file revisions very easily, eg (I haven't really
looked at your question so this is just a guess and no substitute for
asking in the correct place):

cvs rls -lq path/on/server

Todd Denniston
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane)
Harnessing the Power of Technology for the Warfighter

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