In concept, removing directories is somewhat similar to removing files—you want the directory to not exist in your current working directories, but you also want to be able to retrieve old releases in which the directory existed.
The way that you remove a directory is to remove all
the files in it. You don’t remove the directory
itself; there is no way to do that.
Instead you specify the ‘-P’ option to
cvs update or
which will cause CVS to remove empty
directories from working directories.
cvs export always removes empty directories.)
best way to do this is to always specify ‘-P’; if
you want an empty directory then put a dummy file (for
example .keepme) in it to prevent ‘-P’ from
Note that ‘-P’ is implied by the ‘-r’ or ‘-D’
checkout. This way,
CVS will be able to correctly create the directory
or not depending on whether the particular version you
are checking out contains any files in that directory.