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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2003-06-08 16:24:23

"Edward Diener" <eddielee_at_[hidden]> writes:

> David Abrahams wrote:
>> "Edward Diener" <eddielee_at_[hidden]> writes:
>>> How does one get the latest Boost CVS source ? I have WinCVS but
>>> have never been able to figure out how to use it to get CVS source
>>> on the Internet anywhere. Would anyone like to run me through it ? I
>>> know it has something to do with server access but I am dumbfounded
>>> by the WinCVS doc,
>> The easiest and most reliable way to use CVS to get the Boost CVS
>> sources is to use the cvs command-line tool (a cvs.exe is part of your
>> WinCVS installation) and to simply follow verbatim the instructions
>> for anonymous CVS access at:
>> Using "boost" for the modulename. It's only two lines you need to
>> type.
> OK, thanks ! Those two lines should get me started.
>> I know WinCVS is supposed to make things easier, but for many jobs it
>> really doesn't - you have to figure out how the instructions everyone
>> else uses can be translated into equivalent checkboxes and menu items
>> in WinCVS, and eventually you need to understand how the command-line
>> works because the abstraction layer provided by WinCVS always "leaks"
>> the underlying implementation details.
> I will use the command lines above but I am still thinking that there must
> be a way to do things via WinCVS which allows me to access Boost CVS from
> within WinCVS's GUI environment.

Oh, there certainly is; I used to use it. I'm just telling you that
in the end you will work harder, possibly much harder, to become
effective with CVS if you try to do that. That's in part because
WinCVS tries to hide CVS's model of operation a bit, even though it's
just a CVS wrapper. If you learn the command-lines first, though,
you'll immediately understand what all of the WinCVS operations do
since the abstraction layer provided by WinCVS is actually fairly

> I will look at the WinCVS site to see if there are NGs or mailing
> lists that might help me out.

Suit yourself; I'm trying to suggest that you not waste your time, at
least as first, and instead dig into

Dave Abrahams
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