The purpose of this tutorial is to provide practical examples of how to use CVS during a typical source
development cycle. The complexity of the CVS interface and underlying structure tends to prevent casual
use of the system and prevents us from taking full adv
antage of the multi-user, parallel development features.
With the examples provided in this tutorial, it will be possible to use CVS as just another tool, simplifying
back porting bug ¯xes, maintainence of released packages, and safely going about large scale code changes
(such as a platform port, architectural changes, or adding experimental code). Those using CVS after this
tutorial will be able to enjoy some of its more mysterious bene¯ts with as little trouble as possible.
Being a tutorial, or 'how to', only necessary procedures are provided. Those wishing to understand the
nuance, history, and detail of CVS are invited to read the manual