Notes for CVS
You can "update" a file to stdout using -p
cvs update -r 1.14 -p index.php
You said something like cvs -d :pserver:hostname:1234/path/to/repository, but your client is older than version 1.11.x and doesn't understand host:port being part of the pserver path. You need to upgrade.
Take the sticky tag off the file with:
cvs update -A foobar.ext
lib/main.php:944: Notice: PageInfo: Cannot find action page