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For example, bugs sometimes creep in when software is modi\ufb01ed, and you might not detect the bug until a long time after you make the modi\ufb01cation. Withcvs, you can easily retrieve old versions to see exactly which change caused the bug. This can sometimes be a big help.
You could of course save every version of every \ufb01le you have ever created. This would however waste an enormous amount of disk space.cvs stores all the versions of a \ufb01le in a single \ufb01le in a clever way that only stores the di\ufb00erences between versions.
It is all too easy to overwrite each others\u2019 changes unless you are extremely careful. Some editors, likegnu Emacs, try to make sure that the same \ufb01le is never modi\ufb01ed by two people at the same time. Unfortunately, if someone is using another editor, that safeguard will not work.cvs solves this problem by insulating the di\ufb00erent developers from each other. Every developer works in his own directory, andcvs merges the work when each developer is done.
groupcomp.sources.unix in the volume 6 release of July, 1986. While no actual code from these shell scripts is present in the current version ofcvs much of thecvs con\ufb02ict resolution algorithms come from them.
There is a mailing list, known asinfo-cvs, devoted tocvs. To subscribe or unsubscribe write firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer a usenet group, the right group iscomp.software.config-mgmt which is forcvs discussions (along with other con\ufb01guration management systems). In the future, it might be possible to create a
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