The cvs commit process recognizes which files have changed and prompts you to enter a description of your work. This log message becomes available to other developers so they can better understand why you might have changed something in the site. In fact, your log message is instantly broadcast via email to the email@example.com listserv and other relevant recipients. Everyone's log messages can be combined later to provide the customer with a detailed account of work we've performed for them to date. Please take this into consideration and spend an extra minute to record an accurate and descriptive log message when prompted.
When CVS needs you to enter a log message, the cvs commit process starts up your preferred text editor with some instructions pre-loaded into the editing space. In UNIX, your choice of editor is set via the EDITOR environment variable. On Windows NT, it defaults to the notepad text editor. 9
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