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The `commitinfo' file defines programs to execute whenever `cvs commit' is about to execute. These programs are used for pre-commit checking to verify that the modified, added and removed files are really ready to be committed. This could be used, for instance, to verify that the changed files conform to to your site's standards for coding practice.
As mentioned earlier, each line in the `commitinfo' file consists of a regular expression and a command-line template. The template can include a program name and any number of arguments you wish to supply to it. The full path to the current source repository is appended to the template, followed by the file names of any files involved in the commit (added, removed, and modified files).
The first line with a regular expression matching the directory within the repository will be used. If the command returns a non-zero exit status the commit will be aborted.
If the repository name does not match any of the regular expressions in this file, the `DEFAULT' line is used, if it is specified.
All occurrences of the name `ALL' appearing as a regular expression are used in addition to the first matching regular expression or the name `DEFAULT'.
Note: when CVS is accessing a remote repository, `commitinfo' will be run on the remote (i.e., server) side, not the client side (see section 2.9 Remote repositories).