If you find yourself regularly using the same options with a command, you can use the .cvsrc file to set default options and minimize your typing. If the .cvsrc file is in your home directory on your client machine, CVS will read the file, look for the CVS command you are currently running, and will run the command with the options specified for that command in the file. To temporarily avoid parsing the .cvsrc file, use the -f CVS option.
The .cvsrc file format is one line per command. Start a line with the command you want to modify, followed by the options you want as the default. You can also specify default CVS options in the .cvsrc file. To do so, use cvs as the command.
Example 3-25 shows a .cvsrc file. This file specifies a default description for adding files, specifies (using -P ) that update and checkout prune empty directories, and specifies (using -q ) that CVS run quietly, but not as quietly as it would with the -Q option.
add -m "Part of the wizzard project" update -P checkout -P cvs -q