Interfacing with External Programs
CVS is rarely used alone. There are a number of project-management tools available, each used to perform a different set of tasks. The scripting files can be used to connect CVS to other project-management tools, such as bug trackers and build scripts.
Interfacing with Bug Trackers
Interfacing with a bug tracker is easiest if the tracker
accepts input from standard input or via an email form. Use the
rcsinfo file to have the
commit editor screen include the template your bug tracker
requires, and use the
verifymsg file to ensure
that all fields are filled in appropriately. Then have a script in
the log data to your bug tracker.
Example 7-11 and Example 7-12 show how to integrate with the
bug-tracking tool, available at
http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/. These examples
assume that the Bugzilla email gateway has been enabled. The
@resolution field in the message template allows
you to change a project’s status and is supported
directly by Bugzilla.
verifymsg script in Example 7-11 to separate out the bug ID so it can be used
in the mail subject (which must have the format
XXXX]). The rest of the log message can be sent as the
mail body. The script uses the
read command to
get the bug ID from the first line of the log message, checks that
the first line it reads uses the format it expects, and then mails
the bug ID and the rest of the
stdin input to
bugzilla on the same computer. The script returns ...