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1.3.6. Committing Changes

To share your changes with others and commit them to a CVS repository, change to the directory with its working copy and run the following command:
cvs commit [-m "commit message"]
Note that unless you specify the commit message on the command line, CVS opens an external text editor (vi by default) for you to write it. For information on how to determine which editor to start, see Section 1.3.1, “Installing and Configuring CVS”.

Example 1.22. Committing changes to a CVS repository

Imagine that the directory with your working copy of a CVS repository has the following contents:
project]$ ls
AUTHORS  ChangeLog  CVS  doc  INSTALL  LICENSE  Makefile  README  src
In this working copy, ChangeLog is scheduled for addition to the CVS repository, Makefile already is under revision control and contains local changes, and the TODO file, which is also under revision control, has been scheduled for removal and is no longer present in the working copy. To commit these changes to the CVS repository, type:
project]$ cvs commit -m "Updated the makefile."
cvs commit: Examining .
cvs commit: Examining doc
...
RCS file: /home/john/cvsroot/project/ChangeLog,v
done
Checking in ChangeLog;
/home/john/cvsroot/project/ChangeLog,v  <--  ChangeLog
initial revision: 1.1
done
Checking in Makefile;
/home/john/cvsroot/project/Makefile,v  <--  Makefile
new revision: 1.2; previous revision: 1.1
done
Removing TODO;
/home/john/cvsroot/project/TODO,v  <--  TODO
new revision: delete; previous revision: 1.1.1.1
done