Unix and Linux Clients

CVS is native to the Unix and Linux operating systems; consequently, there are no line-ending or capitalization issues. The standard, command-line client is intended for use with Unix and Linux, but there is also a wide variety of graphical CVS clients available for Unix and Linux systems.


Cervisia is available from http://cervisia.sourceforge.net/. It requires the QT and KDE libraries, but it runs on Gnome and other graphical environments if the QT and KDE libraries are available.

Cervisia provides a configurable list of frequently used CVS repositories, and configurable key bindings for common commands. Cervisia supports the commit, import, and update commands, as well as the tagging and watching sets of commands. One particularly useful setting is the option to run cvs edit automatically, to notify other developers when you intend to edit a file.

Cervisia has two main sections in its display screen, shown in Figure A-8. The upper section lists files and directories, and the lower section displays the output of the CVS commands that Cervisia executes for you. Right-click on a file in the upper section to open a menu with options to open the file in an editor, commit a changed file, add a file, remove a file, or run a diff over two revisions of a file.

The Cervisia CVS client

Figure A-8. The Cervisia CVS client

The Resolve menu option, which you can access by right-clicking ...

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