CVS for Administrators

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 1.9. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: CVS for Administrators.

The CVS archive contains all the source code for Moodle. You can use a CVS program to extract versions ranging from the most stable release to the most cutting-edge development version. CVS can be an extremely convenient way of maintaining a Moodle server.

CVS tree

Developers may have selective write access to the Moodle CVS archive using their Sourceforge username and password (see CVS for Developers for details about how to do this). However, most people only need read-only access, so they can just connect anonymously as described below. There can however currently be a delay of up to 5 hours between the time a developer commits changes to developer CVS and the time it becomes available on anonymous CVS. The CVS date found on the /admin page is updated manually.

From a Unix computer

To connect and login for the first time to the CVS server, you can use this command:

cvs login

There is no password - when asked for one, just hit Enter.

To checkout (download) the entire Moodle code for the first time, use this command to get the latest STABLE version:

cvs -z3 co -r MOODLE_18_STABLE moodle

Or the latest development version:

cvs -z3 co moodle

Or the modules in Contrib

cvs -z3 co contrib

Later, to update your local copy of Moodle to the current version in CVS you just need to go into your local Moodle directory and type:

cvs update -dP

To update your local copy of Moodle to a new version (e.g. from 1.7+ to 1.8), go into your local Moodle directory and type:

cvs update -dP -r MOODLE_18_STABLE

From a Windows computer

To get started with a fresh copy of Moodle, follow the following steps:

  1. Get TortoiseCVS from and install it, then reboot.
  2. Find or create a new folder somewhere where you want Moodle to be downloaded to.
  3. Right-mouse-click that folder and choose "CVS Checkout" from the menu. You should see a dialog box.
    Tortoise CVS Screen capture
  4. Copy this text into the CVSROOT field:
  5. Under the "Module" field, type "moodle" to get moodle. (Other options here include"contrib" to get the contrib directory of hacks and addons, or "mysql" to get the optional MySQL Admin module).
    • For the latest STABLE version, click on the "Revision" tab and then check the radio button labelled "Choose branch or tag". From the drop-down menu select MOODLE_18_STABLE.
    • If you don't see the very latest version in the long drop-down list under Branch or tag name, click the Update List button next to it and wait for the list to be updated.
    • For the latest UNSTABLE development version, the radio-button "Use HEAD branch" in the Revision tab should be checked.
  6. Press the button: "OK" and everything should be downloaded.

Later, to update your local copy of Moodle to the current version in CVS, just right-mouse-click the folder and choose "CVS Update".

Note that the enclosing moodle folder is self-contained - you can move it anywhere you like or even rename it.

From a Mac OS X computer

You will find some information about CVS and Mac OS X in the documentation for the complete installation package Moodle4Mac. Please read How To Update Your Moodle4Mac.

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