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CVSweb is a WWW interface for CVS repositories.
CVSweb was originally written by Bill Fenner and improved by Henner
Zeller, Henrik Nordström, and Ken Coar, then Akinori MUSHA brought
it back to FreeBSD community and made further improvements. Ville
Skyttä continued that work; after that, the project was briefly
maintained by Jonathan Noack <email@example.com>.
To track the development, access the MAIN branch of the module
`cvsweb' in the mandoc.bsd.lv CVS repository. For legacy 2.x
versions, see the branch named 'FreeBSD-cvsweb-2_0-branch'.
Project home page:
CVSweb of CVSweb:
A mailing list used to exist at the following place,
but was deleted in 2014 or maybe even earlier:
Here is the list of added features over Zeller's version:
o Customizable "show functions" option
You can specify a regexp for each file type to teach rcsdiff(1) to
recognize function lines.
o Improved support for text-based browsers
Unidiff is the default format for diffs, for text-based browsers.
o Enhanced PR # hyperlinking.
The following styles are supported.
PR: 12345, 67890, ..
PR: #12345, #67890, ..
PR# sparc/12345, i386/67890
.. is related to bin/4567, which is ...
o Manpage hyperlinking.
Both `cat(1)' and `cat.1' styles are supported.
o Revision numbers hyperlinking in annotation.
o Automatic tarball generation. (Obtained from Debian)
o Automatic zipball generation.
o Customizable repository entry order.
o Location text field.
o Workaround for buggy web servers.
o Numerous bugfixes regarding URI/filename manipulation.
o HTML improvements, XHTML 1.0 Transitional, and a separate CSS file for
o Security fixes to let it work under perl -T.
o Annotate works under mod_perl and against a read only repository.
o Line number output for HTMLized views.
o Support for showing README.cvs.html and README.cvs akin to Apache's
o Support for external diff tools.
o Works with mod_perl >= 1.99_11 as well as 1.2x.
o ...and much more! See NEWS for high level changes between releases.
See also README, as well as TODO for new features under consideration
The original Zeller README follows (possibly outdated to some extent):
The cgi-script cvsweb.cgi is written by Bill Fenner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
(see ) for the freebsd project. It allows browsing of
CVS-repositories (see ) with an HTML-browser.
This version is based on Bill's script and is hacked to fit our needs,
so don't blame him if anything doesn't work ..
- a colored side by side diff
- easier navigation
- mime-type aware checkout which allows for browsing
of version controlled HTML-pages
- easier configuration - everything configurable is in one
external file now
- added cvs-annotate - this requires cvs >= 1.9
(tested with cvs 1.10)
- a better way of viewing timestamps: they're shown as age
(something like 'changed 2 days 4 hours ago')
- sorting by filename / age - just click on the corresponding
- urlencodes all filenames so files with spaces and special
characters in their names are viewable as well.
- selectionbox for choosing different CVS-roots
- overview of last revisionnumber, age and logentry in the
- you can check out the current revision of a file if you are
in the directory view (idea from Nick Brachet)
- gzip'ed output if the browser accepts this; this can reduce the
size (and download time) by a factor of 4 (directory view) to
10 (colored diff; the size of the colored diff could be reduced
with CSS .. anyone ?). The use of gzip has been in the very first
version of cvsweb (by Bill Fenner), but has been removed because
it wasn't easy to determine if a browser actually understands it. Today
the browsers state if they accept the Content-encoding gzip..
.. but MSIE lies about this (so cvsweb disables gzip-encoding in this
- Tag based browsing. An easy and what I think intuitive way to browse a
CVS tree based on tags, with filtering of files and CVS logs to only
show whats relevant for the selected tag.
- "Pretty-printed" checkouts for text based files. My intention is to
eventually add cross-referencing to this, but for now the file is only
converted to HTML with automatic detection of various links.
- "Click-on-version" diff selection.
- sorting for every column now
- uses 'cvs co' for checkout instead of rcs co
- Ability to show directory descriptions from CVSROOT/descriptions
cvsweb.cgi became quite huge now and is bad style code (I am not a
perl-programmer - this is what I do in my spare time!) so this
should be rewritten.
And what about using mod_perl, and rewriting it into a set of proper Perl-5
This software is distributed under the terms of the BSD-licence.
You can download the latest version at
or get it directly with cvs at
Please send suggestions, bugs etc to
Henner Zeller <email@example.com>
Henrik Nordstrom <firstname.lastname@example.org>
 for the original Version of cvsweb.cgi, see
 for cvs, see <http://www.nongnu.org/cvs/>