[cvsnt] Re: rcsdiff -q

Matthew Heaney mheaney at on2.com
Wed Oct 13 16:38:56 BST 2004

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"Torsten Martinsen" <torsten at tiscali.dk> wrote in message
news:mailman.2047.1097679461.21094.cvsnt at cvsnt.org...
> Matthew Heaney wrote:
> I don't understand why you say that Emacs wants it. Standard out-of-the
> box Emacs will automatically use CVS as the backend when there is a CVS
> directory, and this works fine. Why is it that you want to switch
> backend to RCS?

Yes, but I'm only using CVS for remote updates.  (See

I am frequently away from a network (either in a car, or on a plane, or in a
airport, etc), and I need a way to keep track of local changes to source
until I can get back on a network.

Emacs vc mode allows you to change backends, so you can use RCS while you're
off network.  When you get back on network, then you switch back to CVS, and
check in your local changes.

See the vc commands:

C-u C-x v v rcs


C-x v b

Perhaps it is possible to use CVSNT for keep track of local changes, too,
but I have never used CVS this way.  (The CVSNT service isn't even
installed, so I don't know whether a "local CVS" backend would even be
possible for me.)

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