Removing CVS from base

Julian H. Stacey jhs at
Fri Aug 24 14:33:28 UTC 2012

John Baldwin wrote:
> On Thursday, August 23, 2012 3:41:03 pm Peter Wemm wrote:
> > * Don't expect to see any 10.0-alpha/beta/rc/release/stable to *ever*
> > make it to an official cvs tree.  It's probably time to move a
> > freebsd-ified cvs from head to ports.
> I think this is a bit premature.  Just because we are moving away from
> using CVS as FreeBSD's scm doesn't mean CVS isn't a useful
> general-purpose tool still.  For smaller repositories that don't need
> fancier things like branches, CVS is quite useful and far lighter weight.
> I could see moving csup out to ports, but not necessarily CVS.

Agreed.  Principle of least suprise.
CVS seems a standard Unix tool & source archive format,
something people from other Unix distribs might expect by default.
	 ( Like SCCs once was, between the mists of PWB, forward & beyond
	   a BSD-4.2&3 Symmetric 375 (ex Bill Jollitz of 386BSD)

For those of us that have [had to] work with lots of different Unix
flavours, it's a PITA having gratuitious extra UNIX variant
weirdnesses; (This missing here, that missing or renamed there etc).
No need to make standard FreeBSD base awkward for people
visiting from other Unixes.

To avoid making 7.4M of src/contrib/cvs We have WITHOUT_CVS in man src.conf.

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