Here are some quick notes on installing a CVS client on my MacBook (for my own future reference):
- Install CVS, if you haven’t done so already. It’s part of the Apple developer tools on Mac OS X Install Disc 1 called XcodeTools. To test if it’s installed, open Terminal and type cvs to get a typical Unix app welcome screen.
- Install a GUI for CVS. I’m trying out CVL which is available for download here.
- Select Tools > Repositories. Click New… and add your CVS repository details.
- Click Modules to see all CVS modules available to you.
- Click Checkout… to get a local copy of the CVS files.
à¨ voila. A console window shows the files being checked out to your hard disk. Work Area shows you an overview of the new or modified files.
Disclaimer: I’m a low and humble content developer and use CVS and Subversion for versioning at my day job. If I get something very wrong or if you have useful tips, please leave a comment. I’m moving from Windows to Mac and documenting my experience.
Regarding version control:
I used an older version of Visual Sourcesafe a couple of years ago and IMHO, CVS and Subversion are easier to use once you’ve got past the install hurdle. Subversion’s next on my install list.
SSH is pre-installed on the Mac: Open Terminal and type ssh followed by your username@hostname.
As you can see I’m having a lot of fun.