For those interested in contributing to the development of fplan, you
can obtain the latest development source at any time from the Gnome CVS
server. You can checkout your own local copy using anonymous CVS as
described below, or if you just want to browse, use the interface at
Please note that the state of the CVS development source tree comes
with no guarentee of any kind! It would not be unusual at all
for the package to fail to build, dump core, crash your X server,
and so on. Users who are looking for the latest and greatest
working release should wait for the official releases.
This section provides a brief overview of how to checkout the fplan development source code using anonymous CVS. Although CVS has many special features that make it useful for managing large and complex source trees, you only need to learn a few simple commands to utilize the basic functionality. Note that anonymous CVS provides read access only, you can't commit changes to the repository. Please submit any new source code or patches to the fplan maintainer, <email@example.com>, for integration into the source tree.
You must communicate to CVS the location of the master source
repository. This is accomplished by assigning an appropriate value to
CVSROOT environment variable. The assignment statements
for Bourne and C shell users respectively are given below. If you plan
on accessing the archive on a regular basis, you may want to place the
appropriate statement in your shell initialization file.
setenv CVSROOT ':pserver:firstname.lastname@example.org:/cvs/gnome'
Use the following command to login to the anonymous CVS server.
% cvs login
(Logging in to email@example.com)
When prompted for the CVS password, just press return.
The cvs command below will check out a local copy of the latest
fplan source code. This command will create a directory named fplan in
the current working directory, so change to an appropriate directory
in your file system first. The
-z1 flag specifies that
compression be used in the transfer. The adminstrators of the Gnome
servers kindly request that you not use levels of compression higher
than 3, so as to avoid excessive cpu usage.
% cvs -z1 checkout fplan
If you have any new ideas or fixes that require extensive modifications to
the sources, it would be a good idea to join the fplan mailing list. This
is the public forum for the discussion of fplan development ideas and work.
To join the list, just send a mail message with the subject
"subscribe" and an empty message body to
Here's a good starting point for finding CVS documentation.