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Chapter 18. Using CVS

CVS, the concurrent versions system, gives developers an easy way to manage changes made to project files. Under CVS, each person working on a project gets their own "sandbox" copy of every file involved, which they can modify and experiment with however they please; a central, untouchable file repository keeps the canonical files safe. It lets several developers work on the same set of files without fear of accidentally wiping out other peoples' changes (hence the concurrent part of the system's name).

CVS also lets you view and work with all the previous versions of a file, without having to manage a whole archival library yourself. This gives you a great way to track, annotate, and access changes to a file over time.


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