When committing resources, often there are resources that you do not want to add to version control. One way you can do this is by using the CVS "ignore" facility, which reads the contents of the file .cvsignore to determine what to ignore.
The .cvsignore file can be added to any directory of a project. Many existing CVS projects already contain several of these files. This text file consists of a list of files, directories, or patterns.
For example, to add a .cvsignore file to ignore the entire bin directory of an existing project:
The cvsignore file consists of a list of files, directories, or patterns. In a similar way to the global ignore facility, the wildcards * and ? may be present in any entry in the .cvsignore file. Any file or sub-directory in the current directory that matches any one of the patterns will be ignored.
Tip: In the Team menu and in the Synchronize view resource context menu there is a menu item (Add to .cvsignore) for adding a file pattern to the appropriate .cvsignore file. This menu item is enabled for resources that are not yet under CVS version control.
Team programming with CVS
Synchronizing with the repository
Version control life cycle: adding and ignoring resources
Creating a global ignore pattern