Celestia/Development/Win32 platform/Win CVS

How to get the C++ source code for Celestia with the latest WinCVS

This page is obsolete. Celestia code development now uses Subversion (SVN). CVS no longer works. For details of building Celestia under Windows, please read the page Windows XP 32bit & Windows 7, 64bit

December 30, 2005

Step 1 Get Python. To download Python, go to the official Website. http://www.python.org/

Step 2 Get WinCVS, the Concurrent Versions System 2.0.51d http://www.wincvs.org/

Step 3 Enter info into WinCVS to prepare for getting source code

Step 3b Create a new folder on your Hard Disk. I suggest to use a folder in the root. As an example my folder is: C:\CVS. This folder will be the base for our local CVS tree.

Step 3c Use menu Admin:Preferences to set Home to c:\CVS

Step 3d Understand that the Sourceforge Repository is a remote website. You will get your own copies of the source code into your computer directory c:\CVS\celestia (or c:\celestia if you make a mistake like I did).

Step 4 Communicate with the SourceForge website where the C++ source code is kept

Step 4a Use the WinCVS menu Admin:Login... A dialog window appears called Login settings. Put a checkmark in the CVSROOT box

Step 4b Paste this line in the login line for cvsroot


Step 4c When you are prompted for a password, do not type in anything, just hit the OK button

The console should report your success with code 0, as shown on 3 lines here:

cvs -d :pserver:anonymous@celestia.cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/celestia login Logging in to :pserver:anonymous@celestia.cvs.sourceforge.net:2401:/cvsroot/celestia

          • CVS exited normally with code 0 *****

If you get code 1, try again. Maybe the connection is too busy to service your login.

Step 4d Checkout the files with these commands. The first time this is a checkout. Future WinCVS sessions are updates, and the commands are the same.

Step 4e Use the menu Admin:Command Line...

Step 4f check the box for CVSROOT and put this line in the space next to that box:


Step 4f2 : check the box for Execute in directory, enter c:\CVS

Step 4g paste the command on the next line into the big empty command line box: cvs -z3 -d:pserver:anonymous@celestia.cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/celestia co -P celestia

Wait while files are then listed as they are sent to your computer. The console will show stuff like this :

cvs -d :pserver:anonymous@celestia.cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/celestia -z3 -d:pserver:anonymous@celestia.cvs.sourceforge.net:/cvsroot/celestia co -P celestia (in directory C:\CVS) cvs checkout: cwd=C:\CVS ,current=C:\CVS cvs checkout: Updating celestia U celestia/ABOUT-NLS U celestia/AUTHORS . . .

Wait while files are then listed as they are sent to your computer.

The files were put in c:\CVS\celestia

Also, download the Windows-specific shared libraries that aren't included with Celestia on SourcForge. http://shatters.net/celestia/files/winlibs-new.zip Unzip these files and put them in a directory with the other library files.

Now you have the C++ files.