Chapter 7. Project Management

The team leader responsible for a project needs to know more about the project’s tools than most other developers, or he needs to have a team member who knows about the tools. This chapter is for the team leader and the CVS specialist on the team. It concentrates on the files and directories that make up a project and how they are stored and managed in CVS, rather than on managing the development process itself.

The topics covered include initial creation of a project’s CVS files, configuring a project as a module, exporting a project, integrating CVS with build systems and bug trackers, and configuring scripts to run when certain CVS commands are used.

This chapter also covers a special type of branch called a vendor branch, and concludes with a discussion of strategies and practices for using CVS that you may find helpful.

Creating a Project

A project is any group of files and directories that exist beneath one project root directory. Every project must include at least one directory, because CVS needs to be able to create a subdirectory to store metadata about the project.

Most often, a project represents one program, one set of related configuration files, or one web site. Sometimes, a project is a collection of related items. For instance, I store all my articles for in one project, with each topic grouped under a subdirectory. Sometimes a project is a subsection of something larger.

If you want to create a project right ...

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