CVS Pocket Reference Paperback – Aug 28 2003
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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.
'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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This book is so inferior to the available on-line documentation you shouldn't waste your money. The book is little more than an incomplete list of the available CVS commands with... Read morePublished on March 7 2004 by John G
A couple of years ago I started using CVS for large projects with lots of files. I bought this book back then, but have used it very little. Read morePublished on June 22 2003
It's an OK book if you have some knowledge of CVS already but as most people would use CVS in an networked environment the online documentation is actually better and up to date.Published on July 8 2002
It's an OK book if you have some knowledge of CVS already but as most people would use CVS in an networked environment the online documentation is actually better and up to date.Published on July 8 2002 by Mr. Simon O'doherty
I often find myself on teams that have little to no experience with CVS. This pocket reference serves as a quick reminder for them on how to interact with CVS. Read morePublished on April 12 2002
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