C.8 The checkoutlist file
It may be helpful to use CVS to maintain your own
files in the `CVSROOT' directory. For example,
suppose that you have a script `logcommit.pl'
which you run by including the following line in the
`commitinfo' administrative file:
To maintain `logcommit.pl' with CVS you would
add the following line to the `checkoutlist'
The format of `checkoutlist' is one line for each
file that you want to maintain using CVS, giving
the name of the file, followed optionally by more whitespace
and any error message that should print if the file cannot be
checked out into CVSROOT after a commit:
logcommit.pl Could not update CVSROOT/logcommit.pl.
After setting up `checkoutlist' in this fashion,
the files listed there will function just like
CVS's built-in administrative files. For example,
when checking in one of the files you should get a
message such as:
cvs commit: Rebuilding administrative file database
and the checked out copy in the `CVSROOT'
directory should be updated.
Note that listing `passwd' (see section Setting up the server for password authentication) in `checkoutlist' is not
recommended for security reasons.
For information about keeping a checkout out copy in a
more general context than the one provided by
`checkoutlist', see Keeping a checked out copy.