Open Source Development With CVS

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This is a set of free, online chapters about using CVS (Concurrent Versions System) for collaboration and version control. It covers everything from CVS installation and basic concepts all the way to advanced usage and administration. It is intended for anyone who uses or plans to use CVS.

These chapters are excerpted from a larger work called Open Source Development With CVS (published by The Coriolis Group, ISBN 1-57610-490-7). The remainder of that book – chapters 1, 3, 5, and 7 – deals with the challenges and philosophical issues of running an Open Source project using CVS.

While the free chapters here constitute a complete CVS book by themselves, we certainly hope you'll like them enough to purchase a treeware copy of the entire book! You can order it directly from the publisher, at

These chapters are released under the GNU General Public License. For more information about free software in general, visit, and particularly

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Karl Fogel wrote this book. Buy a printed copy via his homepage at

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