I am currently using eclipse on a WinXP machine. I have my cvs repository on a RedHat box. Eclipse handles the compile and build fine. when I try to compile the files using a "javac *.java" but I change it to "javac *.java,v" I get a "javac: invalid flag" error. I think need to strip all the version info embedded into the file, but I am not sure how.
So my question is: How do I prepare a cvs controlled file so it is ready to compile?
It sounds like you're trying to compile against the files in the CVS respository itself. Don't do that! Aside from the fact that javac hates ".java,c" as a file extension, there's version differential info in those files so they're not valid java code as they stand.
What you need to do is cvs checkout the project into its own working directory and build against that working directory. When you do that, you'll get the ".java" files you need.
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