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Version Management with CVS - the CVS manual
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B.1.3 Ampersand modules

A module definition can refer to other modules by including ‘&module in its definition.

mname [ options ] &module...

Then getting the module creates a subdirectory for each such module, in the directory containing the module. For example, if modules contains

ampermod &first-dir

then a checkout will create an ampermod directory which contains a directory called first-dir, which in turns contains all the directories and files which live there. For example, the command

$ cvs co ampermod

will create the following files:


There is one quirk/bug: the messages that CVS prints omit the ‘ampermod’, and thus do not correctly display the location to which it is checking out the files:

$ cvs co ampermod
cvs checkout: Updating first-dir
U first-dir/file1
U first-dir/file2
cvs checkout: Updating first-dir/sdir
U first-dir/sdir/sfile

Do not rely on this buggy behavior; it may get fixed in a future release of CVS.

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