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It is very important to keep backup files of all source files of GNU. You can do this using RCS, CVS or PRCS if you like. The easiest way to use RCS or CVS is via the Version Control library in Emacs; section `Concepts of Version Control' in The GNU Emacs Manual.
The history of previous revisions and log entries is very important for future maintainers of the package, so even if you do not make it publicly accessible, be careful not to put anything in the repository or change log that you would not want to hand over to another maintainer some day.
The GNU Project provides a CVS server that GNU software packages can
subversions.gnu.org. (The name refers to the multiple
versions and their subversions that are stored in a CVS repository.)
You don't have to use this repository, but if you plan to allow public
read-only access to your development sources, it is convenient for
people to be able to find various GNU packages in a central place. The
CVS Server is managed by email@example.com.
The GNU project also provides additional developer resources on
subversions.gnu.org through its
interface. All GNU maintainers are encouraged to take advantage of
these facilities, as
savannah can serve to foster a sense of
community among all GNU developers and help in keeping up with project
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