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Essential CVS, 2nd Edition by Jennifer Vesperman

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Appendix C. Frequently Asked Questions

Creating this appendix was a good test of this book! You’ll find that almost all of the answers refer to sections in the book, and that the ones that don’t are still answered in the book, they’re just really short answers.

These questions are taken from the mailing list, from the start of 2004 through the time of writing (August 2006), and were all asked at least twice. Some questions from early in that period haven’t been answered here, because CVS has since changed.

If you have a question you think I should answer in this FAQ, please send email to .

Usage Questions

These are the everyday questions about the basic use of CVS, collected in one small section for easy reference. These are not “how do I use CVS at all” questions—those are answered in the quickstart guide. Rather, these answers provide useful combinations of commands, or CVS tips and tricks.

Creating Projects and Sandboxes

The very first step to successfully using a tool such as CVS is putting your files in it. So the questions about that are answered first.

How do I start a new project?

See "Importing Projects" in Chapter 2 (the quickstart guide) or "Creating a Project" in Chapter 7.

How do I avoid using a vendor tag and a release tag when I import?

There’s no need to do so. When I know I won’t be using them, I use a1 and b2 for the tagnames, and ignore them once I’ve finished using the import command. There’s nothing special about a1 and ...

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