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Introduction to CVS

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Learn what the Concurrent Versions System is used for and how to use it in this introductory article.

What is CVS for? CVS (The Concurrent Versions System) maintains a history of a source tree, in terms of a series of changes. It stamps each change with the time it was made and the user name of the person who made it. Usually, the person provides a bit of text describing why they made the change as well. Given that information, CVS can help developers answer questions like:

  • Who made a given change?

  • When did they make it?

  • Why did they make it?

  • What other changes did they make at the same time?

How to use CVS—First Sketch

Before discussing too many vague terms and concepts, let's look over the essential CVS commands.

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