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Essential CVS by Jennifer Vesperman

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Client Environment Variables

CVS reads the calling user’s environment variables, described in the following list. The variables in the list are read and used by the process that runs on the client computer. Note that these variables must be in the calling user’s environment, so different users may experience different behavior.

Tip

In local-access mode, CVS uses both client and server environment variables.

CVS_CLIENT_LOG

Used for debugging CVS in client/server mode. This variable should be set to a filename. If it is set, everything sent to the server is stored in the filename.in file and everything received by the client is stored in filename.out.

CVS_CLIENT_PORT

Used to set the port the client uses to connect to the CVS server in kserver, gserver, and pserver modes. By default, clients use port 2401 (gserver or pserver) or port 1999 (kserver) to connect to the server.

CVSIGNORE

A whitespace-separated list of filename patterns that should be ignored. See .cvsignore in the previous section.

CVSEDITOR or EDITOR or VISUAL

Used to set the editor CVS calls when it opens an editor for log messages. On Unix and Linux systems, this variable defaults to vi. Using CVSEDITOR to customize CVS is preferred, as the other variables may be used by other programs as well. CVSEDITOR is searched first, then EDITOR, and VISUAL last. If the -e editor CVS option is used, it overrides the environment variables.

CVS_PASSFILE

Used to change the file CVS uses to store and retrieve the ...

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