Setting up command line CVS in Windows
(This page was adapted from http://mrsrl/~brian/cvstutorial/wincvs.html by
Command line CVS on Windows behaves identically to that on Linux. Even if
you don't use Linux, command line CVS is a great way to REALLY learn and
An excellent reference for command line CVS is
You can also refer to the
Putty documentation for using Putty with CVS.
These instructions are for Windows XP.
- Go to
download the Windows installer that installs all putty files.
- Run the putty installer.
- Go to the Docs page on the above website, and read what
you need to know about ssh, etc. In particular, go through
Chapters 8 and 9 and make sure that you can get pageant going, and
connect a Putty shell without typing your password!
- Go to http://www.cvshome.org/downloads.html
and download the latest cvs.exe for windows and extract it to your favorite location
(e.g. C:\Program Files\CVS). If you have already installed WinCVS, then you already
have cvs.exe installed in your WinCVS program directory.
Setting Environment Variables
In Windows, go to Control Panel -> System -> Advanced -> Environment Variables
- Edit the system variable "Path" (remember to use a semicolon ";" to separate paths)
- append the putty program directory (e.g. C:\Program Files\PuTTy\)
- append the cvs.exe program directory
- Add the system variable "CVS_RSH" and set it to "plink.exe"
- Optionally add the user variable "CVSROOT" and set it to
the cvs root that you use most
(e.g. nmatter@dr5:/home/nmatter/cvsroot or