CVS Update

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Tue Jun 10 17:34:52 PDT 2003

Joe Pokupec <joepok at> writes:

> I've been using FreeBSD 4.7 for about 6 months now. I've failed to
> understand how to use cvs. Can anyone point me to a web page or other
> explanation to use cvs to update:
> 1) The entire ports collection
> 2) My currently installed ffmpeg
> 3) 4.7 to 4.8
> Attempts to use cvs update yield the following:
> # cvs update ffmpeg
> cvs update: No CVSROOT specified!  Please use the `-d' option
> cvs [update aborted]: or set the CVSROOT environment variable.
> OK, how the heck does one specify the CVSROOT variable?
> I know that man cvs should be helpful, but my predominantly Mac background
> has lobotomized the logical lobe in my brain.

If you don't already have the cvs repository on your machine, you
would be better off using cvsup instead of using cvs directly.  
Please see the handbook discussion:

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