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Version control system and important component of Source Configuration Management (SCM). Lets you record the history of source files and documents. It's similar to the free software RCS, PRCS, and Aegis programs, but has the following significant advantages over RCS:

  • runs user scripts to log operations or enforce site-specific policies
  • lets separatedevelopers operate as a team
  • vendor branches keep versions separate, but also merge them if needed
  • unreserved checkouts let developers work simultaneously on the same files
  • flexible modules database maps names to the components of a larger database
  • runs on most Unix variants; clients for Windows 95/NT, OS/2, and VMS available


User manuals available from; Printed user manual available from; User introduction from; User training manual included; Quick reference at; Links to other docs are at


Download version 1.11.21 (stable)
released on 28 September 2005

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey31 January 2001

Leaders and contributors

Derek R. Price Maintainer
Larry Jones Maintainer
Mark D. Baushke Maintainer
See the AUTHORS file distributed with the CVS sources Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Help E-mail
Help E-mail
Bug Tracking VCS Repository Webview
Support E-mail
Developer VCS Repository Webview
Help Newsgroup
Bug Tracking E-mail
Developer Newsgroup gnu.cvs.bug
Developer E-mail
Support Newsgroup

Software prerequisites

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 10 August 2005.


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