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Chapter 3. Basic Use of CVS

This chapter provides a thorough discussion of the most critical CVS commands and topics. It is designed for end users who will not have to administrate the repository and who will not have to make changes that affect the entire project.

The commands explained in this chapter include checkout, commit, update, release, add, remove, and status. Other topics in this chapter include an explanation of sandboxes, merging, conflicts, binary and special files, keywords, editing files in CVS, and the CVS command syntax.

This chapter assumes that you have installed CVS, set up a repository, and created a project. Instructions for these tasks are in Chapter 2. Chapter 2 also touches on many of the commands in this chapter, but this chapter provides a full explanation of their uses.

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