CVSROOT Variables

The administrative files in CVSROOT can use several types of variables: internal, environment, and shell variables. You can use these variables to pass parameters to the scripts in the scripting files, or you can use them as part of command-line templates.

The internal variables allow you to use information CVS stores about the currently running command. The environment variables are used to access information from the environment the command is running in, and the shell variables are used to access information about the shell.

Environment Variables in CVSROOT Files

Three environment variables are set when CVS runs commands or scripts from CVS administrative files:


This variable is meaningful only with the pserver access method. It refers to the CVS username provided in the leftmost field of the appropriate line in CVSROOT/passwd. If this username does not exist, the variable expands to an empty string.


Both of these variables contain the username of the user calling the CVS process.

In the pserver access method, the username is the third field of the line in passwd. If no username is there, the CVS_USER value is used.

Internal Variables in CVSROOT Files

The syntax for referencing a CVS internal variable is ${VARIABLE}. The $VARIABLE syntax can also be used if the character immediately following the variable is neither alphanumeric nor an underscore (_).

These are the internal CVS variables:


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