Re: Happiness is fast compilation over NFS

Stephen C. Tweedie (
Sun, 21 Jul 1996 23:00:36 +0100


On Fri, 19 Jul 1996 22:39:26 -0400, Joseph Dickson
<> said:

> Speaking of a VCS that supports remote checkout, do you know of one, that
> doesn't rely on NFS or the sort?

Yes --- as of version 1.7, CVS does this just fine. You can checkout
a repository using a command of the form

cvs -d user@sitename:/cvs-home co module

and CVS will do a "rsh -l user sitename cvs server" to set up the
link. Once you've done this CVS will remember where the remote
repository is and you'll never have to type in the remote path again;
all cvs updates and checkins etc. will go straight to the remote site.

If you

export CVS_RSH=ssh

you can even use the far-more-secure ssh to perform the access. I'm
running a source repository on a linux box using cvs/ssh for access
and it's a great success.


Stephen Tweedie <>
Department of Computer Science, Edinburgh University, Scotland.