The available ‘cvs_options’ (that are given to the left of ‘cvs_command’) are:
Specify legal CVSROOT directory. See Password authentication server.
Authenticate all communication between the client and the server. Only has an effect on the CVS client. As of this writing, this is only implemented when using a GSSAPI connection (see GSSAPI authenticated). Authentication prevents certain sorts of attacks involving hijacking the active TCP connection. Enabling authentication does not enable encryption.
In CVS 1.9.18 and older, this specified that RCS programs are in the bindir directory. Current versions of CVS do not run RCS programs; for compatibility this option is accepted, but it does nothing.
Use tempdir as the directory where temporary files are
located. Overrides the setting of the
variable and any precompiled directory. This parameter should be
specified as an absolute pathname.
(When running client/server, ‘-T’ affects only the local process;
specifying ‘-T’ for the client has no effect on the server and
Use cvs_root_directory as the root directory
pathname of the repository. Overrides the setting of
$CVSROOT environment variable. See Repository.
Use editor to enter revision log information. Overrides the
setting of the
environment variables. For more information, see
Committing your changes.
Do not read the ~/.cvsrc file. This option is most often used because of the non-orthogonality of the CVS option set. For example, the ‘cvs log’ option ‘-N’ (turn off display of tag names) does not have a corresponding option to turn the display on. So if you have ‘-N’ in the ~/.cvsrc entry for ‘log’, you may need to use ‘-f’ to show the tag names.
Display usage information about the specified ‘cvs_command’ (but do not actually execute the command). If you don’t specify a command name, ‘cvs -H’ displays overall help for CVS, including a list of other help options.
Do not change any files. Attempt to execute the ‘cvs_command’, but only to issue reports; do not remove, update, or merge any existing files, or create any new files.
Note that CVS will not necessarily produce exactly the same output as without ‘-n’. In some cases the output will be the same, but in other cases CVS will skip some of the processing that would have been required to produce the exact same output.
Cause the command to be really quiet; the command will only generate output for serious problems.
Cause the command to be somewhat quiet; informational messages, such as reports of recursion through subdirectories, are suppressed.
Make new working files read-only. Same effect
as if the
$CVSREAD environment variable is set
(see Environment variables). The default is to
make working files writable, unless watches are on
Set a user variable (see Variables).
Trace program execution; display messages showing the steps of CVS activity. Particularly useful with ‘-n’ to explore the potential impact of an unfamiliar command.
Display version and copyright information for CVS.
Make new working files read-write. Overrides the
setting of the
$CVSREAD environment variable.
Files are created read-write by default, unless
set or ‘-r’ is given.
Encrypt all communication between the client and the server. Only has an effect on the CVS client. As of this writing, this is only implemented when using a GSSAPI connection (see GSSAPI authenticated) or a Kerberos connection (see Kerberos authenticated). Enabling encryption implies that message traffic is also authenticated. Encryption support is not available by default; it must be enabled using a special configure option, --enable-encryption, when you build CVS.
Set the compression level. Valid levels are 1 (high speed, low compression) to 9 (low speed, high compression), or 0 to disable compression (the default). Only has an effect on the CVS client.