First, you need to tell CVS where your directory is. To do this, you would do
Then you would check out the module --> Edit it --> commit it for changes to take effect.Code:cvs -d /your/directory/CVSROOT init
Depending on which client you are using with CVS, it differ on how to do thing. Here is some manuals for working with CVS.
CVS Manual - command line
Cervisia - part of KDE - manual
I, myself, like subversion; a CVS extension with security in mind.