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CVS Table of Contents Last edited by klm on Jul 23, 2001 1:55 pm

CVS Read-Only Access

Anyone can track Zope changes with a read-only checkout of the sources - here are instructions for hooking it up.

There are several top-level modules in the archives - chief among them is the Zope sources - we'll use them for our example.

Read-only access is via CVS pserver mode.

Before you can check anything out, you must have done a CVS "login" to the CVS pserver. You only need to login once per repository per account. To login:

% cvs -d :pserver:anonymous@cvs.zope.org:/cvs-repository login

You will be prompted for a password - anything will satisfy the prompt, including an empty line.

(In the command, The -d option identifies the repository, indicating pserver mode, user anonymous, host cvs.zope.org, and directory /cvs-repository.)

You only need to log in once - it causes a file named .cvspass, with the login info, to be created in your home directory. All subsequent access to that repository will use the stashed info.

Once your login is established, you can do your initial check out:

    % cvs -z7 -d :pserver:anonymous@cvs.zope.org:/cvs-repository checkout Zope

(-z7 says to use a substantial level of compression, balancing CPU and network bandwidth. Note It's Zope, no longer Zope2. The section is not maintained, and will eventually be removed.)

This should issue lots of check out messages, creating a directory named Zope, with the entire distribution inside it. The initial checkout creates a copy of the source files together with some CVS bookkeeping, in directories all named CVS.

Once you've done these initial steps, you can stay current by cd'ing into any of the created Zope subdirectories and typing:

    % cvs -q up -P -d

(-q says not to spew about unchanged files, -P says to prune empty (eg, obsolete) directories, and -d says to check out newly added directories. In a pinch, you could just do a cvs up, but: you won't get new directories, nor will defunct directories be removed, you'll get lots of unnecessary messages...)

If you have any questions, please send them to the cvs-admin@cvs.zope.org.

See Also:

  • CVSResources for background about CVS and leads on implementations for your platform

  • WriteAccess for info about the who and how of read-write access

  • RepositoryOrganization for details about structure and contents of the repository

  • RepositoryProjects for a roster of the various projects in the Zope CVS repository, including details about how to receive email notifications, etc.

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