Finding Out What Has Changed: CVS Diff...


Compare a local file to a version in the CVS repository.

  1. To compare a file to a different version from the CVS repository, select the desired file and right-click on it.

  2. Select CVS → Diff from the context-menu.

  3. If this is the first time you have used TortoiseCVS's Diff feature, you will be asked to select an external diff application. WinMerge and ExamDiff are both available free of charge and are well-suited for text-based source code. If you are developing in the LabVIEW programming language, you can use LVDiff to compare your block diagrams visually. CSDiff is designed to compare different versions of Word documents. To use a combination of diff tools based on the file type you are comparing, try meta-diff.

  4. TortoiseCVS will launch the diff tool you have chosen and compare your local copy of the selected file with the version from the repository. For more sophisticated diff options (such as comparing to an older repository copy or comparing two older versions to each other), see File Revision History.