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CVS for Subversion Users

I’ve been using version control for a long time, but I haven’t used CVS much since the first day I tried Subversion.

(Git seems great but isn’t the same kind of drop-in upgrade that CVS to Subversion was)

Things I forgot

  • CVS doesn’t do the nice recursive add that subversion does
    At the start of a project you need to run
    cvs import
  • CVS expands keywords by default - this is a problem if like me you want to merge in changes from someone else CVS repository as both sites have changes teh keywords
    Disable keyword changing by updating with
    cvs up -d -ko
  • CVS doesn’t add back deleted directories
    cvs up -d
  • CVS doesn’t have a nice equivilant of svn status
    cvs -q up
    Not quite the same as it will update stuff - but it does tell you which local files have changed
  • Tagging seems OK but doesn’t quite do the same thing
    cvs tag

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