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This document assumes that you know what CVS is, and that you at
least knows the fundamental concepts of CVS. If that is not the case
you should read the man page for CVS.
Pcl-cvs is only useful once you have checked out a module. So before
you invoke it you must have a copy of a module somewhere in the file
You invoke pcl-cvs by typing `M-x cvs-update RET'. If your emacs
responds with `[No match]' your system administrator has not installed
pcl-cvs properly. Try `M-x load-library RET pcl-cvs RET'. If that
also fails - talk to your root. If it succeeds you might put this line
in your `.emacs' file so that you don't have to type the `load-library'
command every time you wish to use pcl-cvs:
(autoload 'cvs-update "pcl-cvs" nil t)
The function `cvs-update' will ask for a directory. The command
`cvs update' will be run in that directory. (It should contain files
that have been checked out from a CVS archive.) The output from `cvs'
will be parsed and presented in a table in a buffer called `*cvs*'. It
might look something like this:
PCL-CVS release 1.05.
In directory /users/ceder/FOO/test:
Modified ci namechange
In directory /users/ceder/FOO/test/sub:
Modified ci ChangeLog
---------- End -----
In this example the three files (`bar', `file.txt' and `newer') that
are marked with `Updated' have been copied from the CVS repository to
`/users/ceder/FOO/test/' since someone else have checked in newer
versions of them. Two files (`namechange' and `sub/ChangeLog') have
been modified locally, and needs to be checked in.
You can move the cursor up and down in the buffer with `C-n' and
`C-p' or `n' and `p'. If you press `c' on one of the `Modified' files
that file will be checked in to the CVS repository. Note: Committing
changes. You can press `x' to get rid of the "uninteresting" files
that have only been `Updated' (and don't require any further action
You can also easily get a `diff' between your modified file and the
base version that you started from, and you can get the output from
`cvs log' and `cvs status' on the listed files simply by pressing a key
(Note: Getting info about files.).
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