[cvsnt] RE: CVS Information

Michael Jensen michael.jensen at dnp-services.com
Fri Jul 16 10:49:25 BST 2004

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> What's the concept of Modules?

The classic, simplistic answer is that a module is anything that you can
checkout (using cvs checkout blah). This is not very helpful, though, since
you can checkout each single file from any module structure, if you choose
(say: cvs checkout

The more complex answer is that a module in Configuration Management and
Revision Controlling is whatever you say, i.e. your configuration needs
define what makes up a module and what doesn't. To make things even more
confusing, modules can contain other modules. It is not really some physical
or logical entity built into CVS. Your decision on what constitutes a module
will usually depend on various considerations, including:

- which files need to be worked on together?
  One example are all files required to compile a software
  module (makefile, source files, ...), hence the name.
- which files to you want to reuse in other applications?
- which files should be accessible by certain persons only?
  (developers, testers, technical writers, ...)

So, in your example,

> I am working on a project called cframework so would
> the folder c:\CVS\cframework be a module or the root
> for the repository. Or is it meant that for example
> c:\CVS\cframework\code is the directory for the module
> code, where all the code is stored in and
> c:\CVS\cframework\manual would be the one for the
> module manual?

The answer would be that all three are modules (building a hierarchy of
related modules). In addition, you might identify additional modules,
especially inside c:\CVS\cframework\code, according to other criteria.

Hope that helps.

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