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1.3.3. Checking Out a Working Copy

To check out a working copy of a project in a CVS repository, run the following command:
cvs -d cvs_repository checkout module
This creates a new directory called module with a working copy of a project in it. Note that cvs_repository is a URL of the CVS repository and module is the subdirectory in which the project is stored (such as project). Alternatively, you can set the $CVSROOT environment variable as follows:
export CVSROOT=cvs_repository
Then you can use the cvs checkout command without the -d option:
cvs checkout module

Example 1.17. Checking out a working copy

Imagine that you have a CVS repository in ~/cvs/ and that this repository contains a module named project. To check out a working copy of this module, type:
~]$ export CVSROOT=~/cvs
~]$ cvs checkout project
cvs checkout: Updating project
U project/AUTHORS
U project/INSTALL
U project/LICENSE
U project/Makefile
U project/TODO