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Re: cvs -s VAR=VALUE usage clarification

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: cvs -s VAR=VALUE usage clarification
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2005 17:37:04 -0500 (EST)

Bulgrien, Kevin writes:
> Does anyone know how cvs -s works?  I found one way to get it to work
> but it seems more limited than I would have thought from reading the
> book.

The documentation seems quite clear to me -- -s sets a CVS user
variable.  CVS user variables are not environment variables as you seem
to think.

> Does the following imply that -s only works to
> set values in the administrative files?

Yes.  In particular:

> If you want to pass a value to the administrative files which the user who
> is running CVS can specify, use a user variable. To expand a user variable,
> the administrative file contains ${=variable}.

Note carefully that it says "administrative file", not the script
invoked by the administrative file.

-Larry Jones

I don't think that question was very hypothetical at all. -- Calvin

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