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The Power of CVS

by: Tim Perdue
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July 30, 2000

It's pretty clear that CVS has become the standard for code versioning and control in the open source community. The core PHP developers even use it to control who can check in code, and to see what changes occurred and who made those changes.
CVS isn't just for hardcore software developers. I'm finding that it is really useful for developing PHP web sites (or really any HTML site). Since I have multiple machines in multiple locations across the US, it's super-convenient for me to store all my code in my main CVS tree in West Des Moines, IA and access from my desktop in SunnyVale, CA and my laptop before I jump on a plane.
Many current Linux OS installations will include CVS as part of the install. If not, simply download it, compile it, and install it. I installed using defaults (RTFM), then set up a CVSROOT on my box in Iowa:
[tperdue@myserver tperdue] $ cvs -d /fireball/cvs init
I also had to make an entry in /etc/inetd.conf to map port 2105 to the CVS server app. That allows other machines to connect to my new CVS server.
#CVS pserver
pserver  stream  tcp     nowait  root    /usr/bin/cvs cvs -b /usr/bin pserver
"; And in /etc/services:
cvspserver      2401/tcp     #CVS pserver

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