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Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Second Edition edition (Aug. 28 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596005679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596005672
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,942,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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CVS is the Open Source Concurrent Version System. Its purpose is to enable one or more people to work on a program without falling over each other and without losing track of code changes. CVS Pocket Reference deals with CVS version 1.10.8, which includes all the functionality of RCS, which isn't covered other than to tell you how to import files from it. It includes a short history of CVS, how to get it, install it, run it and use it. It also covers the use of sandboxes--directories used just for development--and how to restructure a CVS tree manually. CVS is basically command line driven, and as with so many Open Source applications even its options have options. These are covered in exhaustive detail including obsolete and deprecated options.

Any programmer can easily learn to use CVS effectively from this reference, but its real attraction is the tiny size--it actually does fit in a pocket--and friendly format. Pocket references are also ideal for handing to those irritating people who constantly ask for the same information over and over again, relying on you to remember it for them. At the price, it is worth buying just for the peace and quiet. --Steve Patient --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A good resource for anyone wanting to learn about working with CVS.' Linux Format, Xmas issue, Rating 7/10 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
This pocket reference summarises the basics of CVS. It's enough to get you going, but I wouldn't rely on it for a major project. The explanation of how CVS works is short; the part I've found most useful is the handy table of CVS commands and options in the second half of the book.
However, there is extensive online documentation for CVS that goes into far greater depth than this book, is more up to date, and is free. Even though I've had the book, I've still needed to refer to this online documentation to learn the finer points of tags, branching, and other CVS features.
So it's really a matter of whether you want to pay to have some (but not all) useful information in a handy booklet. If that appeals to you, great, this isn't a bad book. But you can certainly live without it by using your computer as a reference tool.
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This is the first O'Reilly book I have ever bought that has thoroughly frustrated and disappointed me. It has all the information you need to administer and use CVS correctly, but the problem is finding that information. Amazingly, O'Reilly negelected to include an index, and the table of contents of this 75 page book has just five entries.
To make things worse, cross-references include only section names or table numbers, not page numbers. For instance, on p. 18, you read "The legal values for -k are described in Table 19." It will probably take you a while to find Table 19, because it's 30 pages away on p. 48.
Similarly, on p. 39, you read this cryptic cross-reference: "See also the 'Repository Structure' section." I still haven't found it.
Save your money and read the man pages.
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By David Copeland on June 19 2001
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This does not do CVS justice and is a terrible reference. I give it two stars just for existing, but it doesn't provide anything you can't get from cvs -H. As such, this should be a reference based around what you want to do with CVS, not just the syntax of the commands (which you can easily get from cvs itself). For example, to find out how to make a bugfix branch is impossible. I don't think it's even mentioned. It's way easier to consult the official documentation. There's not even an index or any way to quickly look up anything, and the book is only 75 pages!
If you want a real CVS reference, print out the official docs. It has much better info, serves as a great reference, and has an index as well as table of contents (neither of which are in this book).
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This book fails to be a pocket reference. The book's index is a joke and as a result your topic of interest is not listed or, and that is a major drawback for reference books, discussed somewhere else. And if you find your topic the information presented is often not sufficient to answer your question. Although I keep this book within arm reach on my desk, I always use the web for my CVS questions. My advice for people with basic CVS knowledge and the ability to use CVS from the command line: search the web and pick one of the many CVS related web sites as your starting point for more information on CVS. This books does not keep up with the O'Reilly standards and is therefor best ignored.
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This is a great reference book. Note the title, it is a small, pocket sized concise _reference_ guide. It assumes that you already understand CVS and its functionality, and just need something to grab to look up that obscure command that you rarely use. It is exactly as advertised, and lives up to O'Reilly's good name.
O'Reilly unfortunately doesn't have a full blown book on CVS yet. In the meantime I recommend Open Source Development With CVS by Karl Franz Fogel, also available on Amazon.com.
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If you are looking for a great quick reference guide for CVS... this is it. "CVS Pocket Reference" provides a substantial amount of information for those already familiar with the CVS tool.
If this is your first experience with CVS, this is not the book for you. However, if you have used CVS in the past... perfect reference tool.
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