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C.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:

 
ampermod/first-dir/file1
ampermod/first-dir/file2
ampermod/first-dir/sdir/sfile

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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