Setting up a CVS repository is very easy. First create a directory where you want your CVS repository to be located. For example create a folder /cvsroot. Change you directory to /cvsroot and run the following command.
# cvs -d /cvsroot/ init
Obviously, you should have CVS installed. This command will initialize your CVS repository. Remember not to run this command after adding projects/modules, otherwise it will wipe out all your files. After initializing you can add projects to it. Thats it! your CVS repository is ready. Go and add your projects 🙂
As I am currently working on Joomla (http://www.joomla.org/) a CMS built in PHP, I came across a very nice tutorial about how to setup your development environment if you want to work on Joomla. Although the tutorial is specific to Joomla, PHP, and Eclipse, but in general it is a very good tutorial and one can learn how to setup a development environment for any project irrespective of technology used. Especially novice programmers will learn a lot from it.
Author first explained how to install and configure XAMPP, then configure PHP and XDebug to debug the PHP applications. Then author explained how to install Eclipse, setup your workspace, configure it for debugging. Then author created a test project and ran it in debug mode. Then in the end author explained how to install and configure subclipse (Eclipse SVN plug-in) and how to import a project from SVN repository.
This is a very nice tutorial in general and specifically for those who work in Eclipse and PHP. Wanna read it? go ahead: http://docs.joomla.org/Setting_up_your_workstation_for_Joomla!_development
We were setting up new development environment for our team using eclipse and checked out the code from CVS. At the end we faced an issue when we tested how other developers will change the CVS account to their own one. Eclipse was not allowing us to change the CVS account. Then I found that we have to change the account in CVS meta files. The command I used to replace the account was :
find . -regex .*CVS/Root -print0 | xargs -0 perl -p -i.orig -e “s/olduser/newuser/;”
This replaced the CVS user name in all CVS meta files in the whole project hierarchy 🙂