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A.9.1 commit options

These standard options are supported by commit (see section Common command options, for a complete description of them):


Local; run only in current working directory.


Commit directories recursively. This is on by default.

-r revision

Commit to revision. revision must be either a branch, or a revision on the main trunk that is higher than any existing revision number (see section Assigning revisions). You cannot commit to a specific revision on a branch.

commit also supports these options:

-F file

Read the log message from file, instead of invoking an editor.


Note that this is not the standard behavior of the ‘-f’ option as defined in Common command options.

Force CVS to commit a new revision even if you haven't made any changes to the file. If the current revision of file is 1.7, then the following two commands are equivalent:

$ cvs commit -f file
$ cvs commit -r 1.8 file

The ‘-f’ option disables recursion (i.e., it implies ‘-l’). To force CVS to commit a new revision for all files in all subdirectories, you must use ‘-f -R’.

-m message

Use message as the log message, instead of invoking an editor.

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