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Concurrent Versioning System. CVS is an open source version control and collaboration system.

A software package to manage software development done by several people.

CVS is a version control system, an important component of Source Configuration Management (SCM). Using it, you can record the history of sources files, and documents. It fills a similar role to the free software RCS, PRCS, and Aegis packages.

CVS is a production quality system in wide use around the world, including many free software projects.[1]

commandline cvs client[edit]

cvs --help

Usage: cvs [cvs-options] command [command-options-and-arguments]
  where cvs-options are -q, -n, etc.
    (specify --help-options for a list of options)
  where command is add, admin, etc.
    (specify --help-commands for a list of commands
     or --help-synonyms for a list of command synonyms)
  where command-options-and-arguments depend on the specific command
    (specify -H followed by a command name for command-specific help)
  Specify --help to receive this message

The Concurrent Versions System (CVS) is a tool for version control. For CVS updates and additional information, see the CVS home page at or Pascal Molli's CVS site at

windows cvs client[edit]

See: TortoiseCVS (a graphical CVS client for windows)



basic info about the wikimedia cvs is here: