Introduction to CVS

CVS is the Concurrent Versioning System. This is a version control system useful for projects using a central repository to hold files and then track all changes made to those files. These instructions install the client used to manipulate the repository, creation of a repository is covered at cvsserver.

Package information

Installation of CVS

Install cvs by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&
make &&
make install

Configuring CVS

Config files

~/.cvsrc, ~/.cvswrappers

Configuration Information

~/.cvsrc is the main CVS configuration file. This file is used by users to specify defaults for different cvs commands, for example to make all cvs diff commands run with -u, a user would add diff -u to their .cvsrc file.

~/.cvswrappers specifies wrappers to be used in addition to those specified in the CVSROOT/cvswrappers file in the repository.

~/.cvspass can hold passwords to complete logins to servers.


The CVS package contains cvs, cvsbug and rcs2log.



This is the main program file for the concurrent versioning system.


This is used to send problem reports about CVS to a central support site.


RCS to Change Log generator.