Bitkeeper in Linuxdevelopment :(

Werner Koch wk at
Thu Feb 7 12:27:18 UTC 2002

On Thu, 7 Feb 2002 12:39:45 +0100 (CET), Joerg Schilling said:

> Well the sccs format if well documented. It I call "man 5 cvs" I cannot
> find any documentation of the used file format.

CVS uses RCS as a backend and the format of RCS is well documented:

$ man 5 rcsfile

There are papers on CVS and the structure of the system including the
format of all files is documented in the .info file.  Or get Karl
Fogel's book on CVS.

> Many developers currently don't care to use the undocumented proproetary
> format used by CVS, so what is your peroblem?

Undocumented?  Proprietary?  You might want to switch do GNU/Linux
Debian, an "apt-get install cvs" gives you access to all the

The problems of CVS are well known and Subversions is being developed
to fix these *and* to provide an easy way to migrate form CVS.



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