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RE: how can I see what changes a cvs update would merge

From: Jim.Hyslop
Subject: RE: how can I see what changes a cvs update would merge
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2003 09:33:39 -0500

Robert P. J. Day [mailto:address@hidden wrote:
> this resembles something i (as a newbie) have been thinking 
> about recently
> -- what are all the ways i can just *query* with regards to a CVS
> repository?  it's this querying that seems to get such short 
> shrift in the
> CVS documentation i've seen.

> so all the different ways to query an existing repository 
> would be a good 
> start.
Hmm... I've been doing it for so long, I don't even think about the
different ways to do it.

How about we start this way - you ask specific questions about what you want
to know, and keep track of the answers you get. Once you've built up a few,
submit a patch for the documentation.

One I find very useful, and which I _think_ is documented, is:

cvs -nq up

This gives you a list of files that need to be checked in, updated, and
"unknown" files - the ones that you may have forgotten to check in.

Jim Hyslop
Senior Software Designer
Leitch Technology International Inc. (
Columnist, C/C++ Users Journal (

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