Anonymous cvs access

Douglas Bates bates at
Sat Nov 13 01:23:18 CET 1999

With Tony Rossini's help we have established anonymous CVS access to a
read-only copy of the main R CVS tree at  This
would be of interest primarily to those who want to track the
development version (and who have access to CVS, of course).

To use anonymous cvs you must log in to the server under the name
"anoncvs" and with the password "anoncvs".  You only need to log in
once.  Subsequent updates use a stored version of the password so you
could, for example, use a crontab entry on a Unix or Linux system to
obtain updates automatically.

Currently a checked-out copy of the CVS source tree occupies about 10
MB.  To compile and install the sources requires about 25 MB.

Checking out a copy is done by

$ # Remember the password is "anoncvs" and you only need to do this once
$ cvs -d :pserver:anoncvs at login
(Logging in to anoncvs at
CVS password: 
$ cvs -d :pserver:anoncvs at checkout R
... many pages of filenames follow here

Updating your sources is done by

$ cvs update R

The anonymous CVS repository also contains the modules R-manuals and
R-notes.  You get those by

$ cvs -d :pserver:anoncvs at checkout R-manuals

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