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obtain revision information

From: Harry Putnam
Subject: obtain revision information
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 11:38:28 -0800
User-agent: Gnus/5.090006 (Oort Gnus v0.06) Emacs/21.1.80 (i586-pc-linux-gnu)

How can I get the current revision number of a package (module)?
And given that information, check out a version several versions

Running `cvs status <ENTER>' in the checked out module gives me piles of
data on every single file in the distro.  If I run `cvs status gnus'
(This is the gnus newsreader cvs tree set up on pserver) I get a
message that cvs knows nothing about gnus.  Sort of looks like I need
to go up one level and ask, but that doesn't appear to be possible.

Is `cvs status' just the wrong command for this?

My aim here is first to determine the current version, then possibly
check out a version several versions back down the road.  Seems like I
need current info to take a guess at what revision I need or want.

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