Recursively remove all files in a CVS directory

cvs remove -f `find . -type f ! -path \*CVS\*`
This command is much faster than the alternatives, because it uses one cvs command to remove everything, instead of doing a separate cvs command for each individual file. The '-f' option removes the file from disk as well as from CVS. Note that those are backticks in the command (under the tilde key), not single quotes.
Sample Output
cvs remove: scheduling `./file1.txt' for removal
cvs remove: scheduling `./somedir/file2.txt' for removal

By: ssorley
2016-07-13 17:45:05

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