CVS - Concurrent Versions System

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Introduction to CVS

CVS is a version control system, an important component of Source Configuration Management (SCM). Using it, you can record the history of sources files, and documents. It fills a similar role to the free software RCS, PRCS, and Aegis packages.

CVS is a production quality system in wide use around the world, including many free software projects.

While CVS stores individual file history in the same format as RCS, it offers the following significant advantages over RCS:

CVS News

Recent CVS news, including release announcements, are posted on the NEWS page. To receive the same news via email, subscribe to the cvs-announce mailing list (these announcements are duplicated on the and mailing lists).

CVS Documentation

The manual is available from (archived), and

Downloading CVS

CVS can be downloaded from or one of the mirrors (make sure to check the non-gnu/cvs directory on the mirrors). For other ways to obtain CVS, please read How to get GNU Software.

CVS Help and Bug Reports

Help requests and bug reports are handled for free, on a volunteer basis, on the CVS Mailing Lists.

Companies offering commercial support for CVS are listed in the CVS Wiki. You may also wish to look at March Hare for CVSNT support as well as Syntevo for SmtartCVS.

CVS Development

You may browse the current CVS sources on Savannah.

You may also view the project pages.

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