C.11 The CVSROOT/config configuration file
The administrative file `config' contains various
miscellaneous settings which affect the behavior of
CVS. The syntax is slightly different from the
other administrative files. Variables are not
expanded. Lines which start with `#' are
Other lines consist of a keyword, `=', and a
value. Note that this syntax is very strict.
Extraneous spaces or tabs are not permitted.
Currently defined keywords are:
For CVS 1.9.12 through 1.9.18, this setting told
CVS to look for RCS programs in the
bindir directory. Current versions of CVS
do not run RCS programs; for compatibility this
setting is accepted, but it does nothing.
If value is `yes', then pserver should check
for users in the system's user database if not found in
`CVSROOT/passwd'. If it is `no', then all
pserver users must exist in `CVSROOT/passwd'.
The default is `yes'. For more on pserver, see
Direct connection with password authentication.
Modify the `checkout' command to create a
`CVS' directory at the top level of the new
working directory, in addition to `CVS'
directories created within checked-out directories.
The default value is `no'.
This option is useful if you find yourself performing
many commands at the top level of your working
directory, rather than in one of the checked out
subdirectories. The `CVS' directory created there
will mean you don't have to specify
each command. It also provides a place for the
`CVS/Template' file (see section How data is stored in the working directory).
Put CVS lock files in directory rather than
directly in the repository. This is useful if you want
to let users read from the repository while giving them
write access only to directory, not to the
It can also be used to put the locks on a very fast
in-memory file system to speed up locking and unlocking
You need to create directory, but
CVS will create subdirectories of directory as it
needs them. For information on CVS locks, see
Several developers simultaneously attempting to run CVS.
Before enabling the LockDir option, make sure that you
have tracked down and removed any copies of CVS 1.9 or
older. Such versions neither support LockDir, nor will
give an error indicating that they don't support it.
The result, if this is allowed to happen, is that some
CVS users will put the locks one place, and others will
put them another place, and therefore the repository
could become corrupted. CVS 1.10 does not support
LockDir but it will print a warning if run on a
repository with LockDir enabled.
Control what is logged to the `CVSROOT/history' file (see section history—Show status of files and users).
Default of `TOEFWUPCGMAR' (or simply `all') will log
all transactions. Any subset of the default is
legal. (For example, to only log transactions that modify the
`*,v' files, use `LogHistory=TMAR'.)
Modify the `commit' command such that CVS will reread the
log message after running the program specified by `verifymsg'.
value may be one of `yes' or `always', indicating that
the log message should always be reread; `no'
or `never', indicating that it should never be
reread; or value may be `stat', indicating
that the file should be checked with the file system
`stat()' function to see if it has changed (see warning below)
before rereading. The default value is `always'.
The `stat' mode can cause CVS to pause for up to
one extra second per directory committed. This can be less IO and
CPU intensive but is not recommended for use with large repositories
See section Verifying log messages, for more information on how verifymsg
may be used.