[cvsnt] TortoiseCVS 1.0.0

Francis Irving francis.irving at creaturelabs.com
Wed Aug 7 18:22:44 BST 2002

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If some of you are looking for a good client for Windows which uses
CVSNT's client underneath, TortoiseCVS 1.0.0 has just been released.

TortoiseCVS integrates CVS directly into Windows Explorer, so you can
right click on files and folders to commit, update and more.  Icons
are highlighted in different colours to show which files you have

It's freely available under the GPL at http://www.tortoisecvs.org.

Here are some particularly interesting features new to version 1.0.0:

* Seamless SSH support.  Anyone can now use SourceForge, even your
  CEO. http://www.tortoisecvs.org/faq.html#ssh

* Optional exclusive locking.  No more fear of binary file merging.

* Columns on Windows 2000 and XP.  At last you can sort by CVS status.
  When in detail view in Explorer, go to a folder which is under CVS
  control.  Right click on the header and select the More... option.
  There are now various CVS columns to choose from.

* Autolaunch a conflict editor.  Those "C " hunting blues gone away.
  Go to preferences for TortoiseCVS on the start menu.  Then specify
  your favourite text editor, or perhaps a custom conflict editor:

* Automatically initialise new repositories.  You can now use
  TortoiseCVS for personal use without a server or any other software.

* Support for Kerberos and SSPI.  TortoiseCVS uses and comes with
   CVSNT. http://www.cvsnt.org

* Numerous bug fixes.  Of course, we're most proud of these ;)


There are three things you may need to know before upgrading:

Why all your files will suddenly look red, and what to do about it:

TortoiseCVS now works correctly as your computer passes in and out
of summertime, or across timezones.  In order to do this date stamps
in your sandbox are stored differently, so after installation it may
appear that all files have been modified.  To fix this perform a CVS
Update on the top level directory.

For users of :ntserver: protocol:

TortoiseCVS no longer supports :ntserver: because CVSNT does not. You
now need to use the :sspi: protocol, which also provides windows 
authentication.  This may require you to update CVSNT on your server.

For users of RSH or .rhosts authentication:

TortoiseCVS no longer supports RSH out of the box.  For further
details on why this is and what to do about it see the FAQ at


Thanks to all the help of everyone on this list, getting CVSNT and
TortoiseCVS to work well together.  It's great to have an upstream
version of CVS that we can quickly get bugs fixed for.

Check it out,


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