Quick And Dirty CVS instructions
After you have become a member and want to submit or contribute to code, you
must use CVS. CVS client software needs to be installed on your
computer. If you are a UNIX user, you already have CVS installed. You can
follow the documentation on the SourceForge web site for getting
started. If you are exclusively a windows user and new to software
development, start here but consult the SourceForge documentation for more
Now put your code in the mitopensource repository
- Go to www.cygwin.com and download the
latest version of Cynus for Windows. Install this package on your
- Bring up a "cygwin" using the Start->Programs->Cygnus
Solutions->CynWin Bash Shell.
- Determine where you want to put your code. For example, under
- Create a directory on your computer with a name that indicates what it is
you are submitting.
- Make sure you set the following environment variables in your shell.
loginname is the name you use to log into
cvs import directoryname vendor start
directoryname is the name under which the repository will be
accessed. If all goes well it will ask for your SourceForge user password, and then go on its merry way importing your whole source tree.
Note that it will ask you to insert some comments. This is in
the "vi" editor. To type a comment, type "i" for
insert, then type your comment and then type the "esc" key
followed by ":" followed by a
"wq" for write-quit.
Note also that when you login, you will be asked about a security
code from RSA. Respond "yes" and then when asked for your
password, give your SourceForge password.
Next, backup your old code base somewhere, because you don't want to work with it anymore, and checkout a fresh CVS version
cvs -z3 checkout directoryname
This will get you a "working copy" of the code, in CVS form, ready for you to hack on. You should remember, however, that any
changes such as adding/removing files and directories must be explicitly stated to CVS - see the above mentioned book for details.
In my case, first, I set up my environment. Using the CygWin Bash Shell
as described above, I typed:
Then I went to a directory where the code was. In my case it was under
I went to c:/backup/thesis. Then I
cvs import mitopensource
Now on the CVS repository there is a mitopensource/Course15/SDM/ObjectProcessMethodology.
|Always include documentation in your directory about the code you are
|A PDF file of your thesis would also be useful.|
|For code snippets from theses, you can add a directory under your code
with a useful name.|
|For larger projects, you may want to put them at the top level.|
|For more control, you also may want to create your own SourceForge project
and have us put a link on our home page to your area.|
The MIT Open Source CVS Repository should look like this: