This chapter is a comprehensive reference of CVS topics other than commands. It is intended to be useful as a quick reference, not a tutorial.
If you have never used CVS before, I suggest you read Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 before reading this reference. Those chapters explain the basic concepts of CVS and how to use it effectively.
This chapter contains the following sections:
Describes CVS administrative files in the sandbox on the client computer or in the user's home directory on the server.
Describes CVS administrative files in the repository's CVSROOT directory.
Describes variables you can use in the administrative files in the CVSROOT directory.
Describes date and time formats you can use with CVS.
Describes environment variables on the server or the client that affect CVS.
Describes the keywords CVS uses, the expansion modes that affect how CVS processes the keywords, and how CVS processes line endings.
Describes regular-expression and wildcard pattern matching in CVS.
Describes methods used to access local and remote CVS repositories.