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2.8 Adding Files

To add a file to a project in the repository, first create the file in your sandbox. Be sure to consider your project's structure and place the file in the correct directory. Then, issue the following command from the sandbox directory containing the file:

cvs add filename

This command marks the new file for inclusion in the repository. Directories are added with the same command. Files within a directory can't be added until the directory itself is added. A file is only marked for addition when you run cvs add; it is actually added to the repository when the next cvs commit is run. A directory is added to the repository immediately. Example 2-19 shows a file being created and added to the repository. Remember, the file is not actually stored in the repository until the cvs commit command is run.

Example 2-19. Adding files
$ touch file3
$ cvs add file3
cvs add: scheduling file `file3' for addition
cvs add: use 'cvs commit' to add this file permanently
$ cvs commit
Log message editor opens
RCS file: /var/lib/cvsroot/example/file3,v
Checking in file3;
/var/lib/cvsroot/example/file3,v  <--  file3
initial revision: 1.1

If you have binary files or other files that are not plain text, please see the section on binary files in Chapter 3 before adding them to the repository. These files should be added with the -kb command option.

As with committing, an editor window will open asking you to enter a log message describing the files to be added.

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