Anonymous CVS Access

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omniORB is available via anonymous read-only CVS. With CVS, you can always be sure that you have the most up-to-date version of the source tree, including all bug fixes and patches. CVS is available under the GNU Public License; to download it, or find more information, visit

Some firewalls block access to our CVS server. If you are in this situation, but you still want to keep up-to-date, nightly snapshots of the contents the repository are available via ftp.

To access the CVS repository, first create a ~/.cvsrc file with the following contents (explained here):

cvs -z5
update -d

then go to the directory in which you want to install omniORB, and do:

export CVSROOT=":pserver:[email protected]:/cvsroot"
cvs login
At the password prompt, enter the password cvs
cvs checkout omni

Once CVS has finished, you'll find that you have a sub-directory named omni containing the latest version of the full omniORB distribution. You can then build the distribution in the same way as the tarball and zip distributions, following the README files.

If you wish you update your working directory with the latest version in our repository, simply go to the omni directory and type:

cvs update

Branches and revisions

Our CVS repository doesn't just contain the most recent omniORB release. It also contains previous versions (starting with version 2.7.1), and a number of lines of development. You can retrieve a particular released version with a revision tag, or the most recent version of a development line with a branch tag. Most of the time, it is more useful to retrieve a branch, rather than a particular revision, so you keep up-to-date with any bug fixes.

To check out the source tree for a particular branch or revision tag, do:

cvs checkout -r tagname omni

To convert an existing check out to a different tag, go to the omni directory and say:

cvs update -r tagname

Branch tags are persistent, so once you have checked out a particular branch, future invocations of cvs update give you the latest state of that branch, rather than the main trunk of the repository.

Available tags

At all times, the trunk of the repository (i.e. the main branch) contains the most up-to-date version of the current stable branch. At the moment, this is version 3.0. If you wish to use a more experimental branch, or a previous development line, you must use a named tag.

The repository currently contains the following branch and revision tags:

Branch tags
omni3_develop The omniORB 3 development tree
omni4_0_develop The omniORB 4 development tree
omni2_8_develop Bug fixes for omniORB 2.8.0
Revision tags
omni3_0_4 The omniORB 3.0.4 release
omni3_0_3 The omniORB 3.0.3 release
omni3_0_2 The omniORB 3.0.2 release
omni3_0_1 The omniORB 3.0.1 release
omni3_0_0 The omniORB 3.0.0 release
omni2_8_0 The omniORB 2.8.0 release

If you look at the available tags, you may find some things not listed here. Don't make any assumptions about what you might find if you check out one of those.

Other modules

There is currently one other module which you can check out from our CVS repository: the omniORBpy module contains omniORB's Python bindings, as described here.

FTP snapshots

You can download nightly snapshots of omniORB from our FTP server. Snapshots of the omni3_develop branch are in /pub/omniORB/omniORB_3_snapshots/. Snapshots of the Python ORB, omniORBpy, are in /pub/omniORB/omniORBpy_snapshots/.

The .cvsrc file

The .cvsrc file contains defaults for the various CVS commands. The `cvs -z5' line causes all CVS commands to use gzip -5 compression when talking to the server. The `update -d' line means that cvs update will automatically create any new directories which have appeared in the repository since you checked out your working directory.

Problem reporting

Please report any problems or difficulties you have with the CVS server to [email protected].


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