Almost all of the subcommands of CVS work recursively when you specify a directory as an argument. For instance, consider this directory structure:
$HOME| +--tc | | +--CVS | (internal CVS files) +--Makefile +--backend.c +--driver.c +--frontend.c +--parser.c +--man | | | +--CVS | | (internal CVS files) | +--tc.1 | +--testing | +--CVS | (internal CVS files) +--testpgm.t +--test2.t
If `tc' is the current working directory, the following is true:
cvs update testing/testpgm.t testing/test2.t
If no arguments are given to
update it will
update all files in the current working directory and
all its subdirectories. In other words, `.' is a
default argument to
update. This is also true
for most of the CVS subcommands, not only the
The recursive behavior of the CVS subcommands can be turned off with the `-l' option. Conversely, the `-R' option can be used to force recursion if `-l' is specified in `~/.cvsrc' (see section Default options and the ~/.cvsrc file).
$ cvs update -l # Don't update files in subdirectories
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