Some examples of cvs --help



cvs --help
Usage: cvs [cvs-options] command [command-options-and-arguments]
where cvs-options are -q, -n, etc.
(specify --help-options for a list of options)
where command is add, admin, etc.
(specify --help-commands for a list of commands
or --help-synonyms for a list of command synonyms)
where command-options-and-arguments depend on the specific command
(specify -H followed by a command name for command-specific help)
Specify --help to receive this message

cvs --help-commands
CVS commands are:
add Add a new file/directory to the repository
admin Administration front end for rcs
annotate Show last revision where each line was modified
checkout Checkout sources for editing
commit Check files into the repository
diff Show differences between revisions
edit Get ready to edit a watched file
editors See who is editing a watched file
export Export sources from CVS, similar to checkout
history Show repository access history
import Import sources into CVS, using vendor branches
init Create a CVS repository if it doesn't exist
log Print out history information for files
login Prompt for password for authenticating server
logout Removes entry in .cvspass for remote repository
pserver Password server mode
rannotate Show last revision where each line of module was modified
rdiff Create 'patch' format diffs between releases
release Indicate that a Module is no longer in use
remove Remove an entry from the repository
rlog Print out history information for a module
rtag Add a symbolic tag to a module
server Server mode
status Display status information on checked out files
tag Add a symbolic tag to checked out version of files
unedit Undo an edit command
update Bring work tree in sync with repository
version Show current CVS version(s)
watch Set watches
watchers See who is watching a file
cvs --help-options
CVS global options (specified before the command name) are:
-H Displays usage information for command.
-Q Cause CVS to be really quiet.
-q Cause CVS to be somewhat quiet.
-r Make checked-out files read-only.
-w Make checked-out files read-write (default).
-n Do not execute anything that will change the disk.
-t Show trace of program execution -- try with -n.
-v CVS version and copyright.
-T tmpdir Use 'tmpdir' for temporary files.
-e editor Use 'editor' for editing log information.
-d CVS_root Overrides $CVSROOT as the root of the CVS tree.
-f Do not use the ~/.cvsrc file.
-z # Use compression level '#' for net traffic.
-a Authenticate all net traffic.
-s VAR=VAL Set CVS user variable.

cvs --help checkout
  cvs checkout [-ANPRcflnps] [-r rev] [-D date] [-d dir]
[-j rev1] [-j rev2] [-k kopt] modules...
-A Reset any sticky tags/date/kopts.
-N Don't shorten module paths if -d specified.
-P Prune empty directories.
-R Process directories recursively.
-c "cat" the module database.
-f Force a head revision match if tag/date not found.
-l Local directory only, not recursive
-n Do not run module program (if any).
-p Check out files to standard output (avoids stickiness).
-s Like -c, but include module status.
-r rev Check out revision or tag. (implies -P) (is sticky)
-D date Check out revisions as of date. (implies -P) (is sticky)
-d dir Check out into dir instead of module name.
-k kopt Use RCS kopt -k option on checkout. (is sticky)
-j rev Merge in changes made between current revision and rev

cvs --help update
cvs update [-APCdflRp] [-k kopt] [-r rev] [-D date] [-j rev]
[-I ign] [-W spec] [files...]
-A Reset any sticky tags/date/kopts.
-P Prune empty directories.
-C Overwrite locally modified files with clean repository copies.
-d Build directories, like checkout does.
-f Force a head revision match if tag/date not found.
-l Local directory only, no recursion.
-R Process directories recursively.
-p Send updates to standard output (avoids stickiness).
-k kopt Use RCS kopt -k option on checkout. (is sticky)
-r rev Update using specified revision/tag (is sticky).
-D date Set date to update from (is sticky).
-j rev Merge in changes made between current revision and rev.
-I ign More files to ignore (! to reset).
-W spec Wrappers specification line.