The revision numbers live a life of their own. They need not have anything at all to do with the release numbers of your software product. Depending on how you use CVS the revision numbers might change several times between two releases. As an example, some of the source files that make up RCS 5.6 have the following revision numbers:
ci.c 5.21 co.c 5.9 ident.c 5.3 rcs.c 5.12 rcsbase.h 5.11 rcsdiff.c 5.10 rcsedit.c 5.11 rcsfcmp.c 5.9 rcsgen.c 5.10 rcslex.c 5.11 rcsmap.c 5.2 rcsutil.c 5.10
You can use the
tag command to give a symbolic name to a
certain revision of a file. You can use the `-v' flag to the
status command to see all tags that a file has, and
which revision numbers they represent. Tag names must
start with an uppercase or lowercase letter and can
contain uppercase and lowercase letters, digits,
`-', and `_'. The two tag names
HEAD are reserved for use by CVS. It
is expected that future names which are special to
CVS will be specially named, for example by
starting with `.', rather than being named analogously to
HEAD, to avoid conflicts with
actual tag names.
You'll want to choose some convention for naming tags,
based on information such as the name of the program
and the version number of the release. For example,
one might take the name of the program, immediately
followed by the version number with `.' changed to
`-', so that CVS 1.9 would be tagged with the name
cvs1-9. If you choose a consistent convention,
then you won't constantly be guessing whether a tag is
cvs1_9 or what. You might
even want to consider enforcing your convention in the
taginfo file (see section User-defined logging).
The following example shows how you can add a tag to a file. The commands must be issued inside your working directory. That is, you should issue the command in the directory where `backend.c' resides.
$ cvs tag rel-0-4 backend.c T backend.c $ cvs status -v backend.c =================================================================== File: backend.c Status: Up-to-date Version: 1.4 Tue Dec 1 14:39:01 1992 RCS Version: 1.4 /u/cvsroot/yoyodyne/tc/backend.c,v Sticky Tag: (none) Sticky Date: (none) Sticky Options: (none) Existing Tags: rel-0-4 (revision: 1.4)
For a complete summary of the syntax of
including the various options, see section Quick reference to CVS commands.
There is seldom reason to tag a file in isolation. A more common use is to tag all the files that constitute a module with the same tag at strategic points in the development life-cycle, such as when a release is made.
$ cvs tag rel-1-0 . cvs tag: Tagging . T Makefile T backend.c T driver.c T frontend.c T parser.c
(When you give CVS a directory as argument, it generally applies the operation to all the files in that directory, and (recursively), to any subdirectories that it may contain. See section Recursive behavior.)
checkout command has a flag, `-r', that lets you check out
a certain revision of a module. This flag makes it easy to
retrieve the sources that make up release 1.0 of the module `tc' at
any time in the future:
$ cvs checkout -r rel-1-0 tc
This is useful, for instance, if someone claims that there is a bug in that release, but you cannot find the bug in the current working copy.
When you tag more than one file with the same tag you can think about the tag as "a curve drawn through a matrix of filename vs. revision number." Say we have 5 files with the following revisions:
file1 file2 file3 file4 file5 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 /--1.1* <-*- TAG 1.2*- 1.2 1.2 -1.2*- 1.3 \- 1.3*- 1.3 / 1.3 1.4 \ 1.4 / 1.4 \-1.5*- 1.5 1.6
At some time in the past, the
* versions were tagged.
You can think of the tag as a handle attached to the curve
drawn through the tagged revisions. When you pull on
the handle, you get all the tagged revisions. Another
way to look at it is that you "sight" through a set of
revisions that is "flat" along the tagged revisions,
file1 file2 file3 file4 file5 1.1 1.2 1.1 1.3 _ 1.1 1.2 1.4 1.1 / 1.2*----1.3*----1.5*----1.2*----1.1 (--- <--- Look here 1.3 1.6 1.3 \_ 1.4 1.4 1.5