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import command to check in the sources
for the first time. When you use the
command to track third-party sources, the vendor
tag and release tags are useful. The
vendor tag is a symbolic name for the branch
(which is always 1.1.1, unless you use the ‘-b
branch’ flag—see Multiple vendor branches.). The
release tags are symbolic names for a particular
release, such as ‘FSF_0_04’.
import does not change the
directory in which you invoke it. In particular, it
does not set up that directory as a CVS working
directory; if you want to work with the sources import
them first and then check them out into a different
directory (see Getting the source).
Suppose you have the sources to a program called
wdiff in a directory wdiff-0.04,
and are going to make private modifications that you
want to be able to use even when new releases are made
in the future. You start by importing the source to
$ cd wdiff-0.04 $ cvs import -m "Import of FSF v. 0.04" fsf/wdiff FSF_DIST WDIFF_0_04
The vendor tag is named ‘FSF_DIST’ in the above example, and the only release tag assigned is ‘WDIFF_0_04’.