Section 2.12. Quick Tips for Success

2.12. Quick Tips for Success

CVS is a tool for improving project development and system maintenance. Like all tools, there are ways to use it most efficiently:

  • Synchronize the clocks of computers sharing a repository to the same universal time. CVS relies on file timestamps to determine which files have changed. NTP (Network Time Protocol) is a very useful tool for time synchronization.

  • Give each developer his own sandbox, and communicate all file changes through CVS. This method maintains change tracking and prevents developers from irretrievably overwriting each other's work.

  • Update frequently, at least before starting work every day, to keep your sandbox current.

  • Commit frequently to keep your repository current. Programmers typically commit every time their code compiles cleanly; other people may commit after completing each block of work.

  • Programming teams: use build-management tools and ensure that all files in the build are committed to the repository. Ensure that builds for testing or release come from the repository rather than a sandbox, but allow sandbox builds for programmers to do prealpha tests.

Essential CVS
Essential CVS (Essentials)
ISBN: 0596527039
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 148

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