cvsconnect(1) CVS connection minimizer


cvsconnect cvsroot [command-to-run ...]


CVSconnect enables you to do multiple CVS operations on single network connection. CVSconnect sets up special environment using $CVSRSH/$CVSROOT for the command line CVS client. In the environment, the command line CVS client reuses a network connection.

CVSconnect is especially designed to use with CVSsuck. And CVSconnect (or similar) will be integrated to a future version of CVSsuck. However, it is planned that CVSsuck directly connects to a cvs server without cvs command.


 cvsconnect $HOME/.cvsroot


  • The global option -z for compression cannot be used. If you use SSH via ext method, you can use compression by SSH instead.
  • CVS client must be run at a time. Running two or more clients at a same time will make a trouble. (will be fixed in future release.)
  • Some static variables in a CVS server may confuse you. It's a CVS bug. Report it to CVS developer :-).
  • Command line CVS client must request `Root' first. Don't mind. There is no implementation which violates this assumption, however I know. At least, CVS-1.10 and CVS-1.11 should work.


  • When CVS command is failed, CVSconnect automatically re-run the command with reconnected connection when CVS command is failed. Especially the failure is caused by a long running CVS-1.10 server. Since CVS-1.10 doesn't close some file descriptors, a long running CVS server will exceed a limit of file descriptors.
  • /bin/sh should be POSIX sh because this script uses ${parameter#pattern}, etc. If your /bin/sh is ancient Bourne shell, use ksh or bash.


This manpage is written by Piotr Roszatycki <[email protected]> for Debian distribution and can be freely redistributed.