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Matthew, >I have been tinkering with this with no chnage in my status. I still >cannot get this to work > (i.e. create the template file on checkout). I've just followed the instructions I posted on the 30th Jan and it worked first time: 1. create a new repo and import a module (eg: repo 'testrepo' module 'test') 2. checkout CVSROOT from the new repo 3. add template.txt to the checkoutlist file 4. create the template.txt file (in the CVSROOT sandbox) 5. 'cvs add' the template.txt file to the CVSROOT sandbox 6. the add an example line to the rcsinfo file from the previous newsgroups postings, eg: something like: DEFAULT C://myCVS//testrepo//CVSROOT//template.txt 7. commit the CVSROOT sandbox (will commit checkoutlist, template.txt and rcsinfo) 8. checkout the 'test' module 9. check that template.txt is in the hidden CVS directories 10. if template.txt isn't checked out then delete the 'test' sandbox and re-checkout using cvs -ttt co and go through the logfile looking for template.txt or other errors. I:\renametest>cvs -d :sspi:w2k3clstr:/myrepo co CVSROOT cvs server: Updating CVSROOT U CVSROOT/checkoutlist U CVSROOT/commit_email U CVSROOT/commitinfo U CVSROOT/config U CVSROOT/cvsrc U CVSROOT/cvswrappers U CVSROOT/historyinfo U CVSROOT/keywords U CVSROOT/loginfo U CVSROOT/modules U CVSROOT/modules2 U CVSROOT/notify U CVSROOT/notify_email U CVSROOT/postcommand U CVSROOT/postmodule U CVSROOT/precommand U CVSROOT/premodule U CVSROOT/rcsinfo U CVSROOT/shadow U CVSROOT/tag_email U CVSROOT/taginfo U CVSROOT/triggers U CVSROOT/verifymsg I:\renametest>cd CVSROOT I:\renametest\CVSROOT>notepad checkoutlist I:\renametest\CVSROOT>notepad checkoutlist I:\renametest\CVSROOT>notepad template.txt I:\renametest\CVSROOT>cvs add template.txt cvs server: scheduling file `template.txt' for addition cvs server: use 'cvs commit' to add this file permanently I:\renametest\CVSROOT>notepad rcsinfo I:\renametest\CVSROOT>cvs ci "new template" cvs commit: nothing known about `new template' cvs [commit aborted]: correct above errors first! I:\renametest\CVSROOT>cvs ci -m "new template" cvs commit: Examining . Checking in checkoutlist; /myrepo/CVSROOT/checkoutlist,v <-- checkoutlist new revision: 1.2; previous revision: 1.1 done Checking in rcsinfo; /myrepo/CVSROOT/rcsinfo,v <-- rcsinfo new revision: 1.2; previous revision: 1.1 done RCS file: /myrepo/CVSROOT/template.txt,v done Checking in template.txt; /myrepo/CVSROOT/template.txt,v <-- template.txt initial revision: 1.1 done cvs server: Rebuilding administrative file database I:\renametest\CVSROOT>cd .. I:\renametest>rd /s /q projects I:\renametest>cvs -d :sspi:w2k3clstr:/myrepo co projects cvs server: Updating projects cvs server: Updating projects/src U projects/src/hello.cpp U projects/src/hello.h U projects/src/test.txt I:\renametest>cd projects/src I:\renametest\projects\src>dir cvs Volume in drive I is I: Volume Serial Number is 0844-8478 Directory of I:\renametest\projects\src\cvs 13/02/2008 20:12 134 Entries 13/02/2008 20:12 87 Entries.Extra 13/02/2008 20:12 0 Entries.Extra.Old 13/02/2008 20:12 0 Entries.Old 13/02/2008 20:12 14 Repository 13/02/2008 20:12 25 Root 13/02/2008 20:12 24 Template 7 File(s) 284 bytes 0 Dir(s) 5,036,216,320 bytes free I:\renametest\projects\src>type cvs\Template CVS: this is a template I:\renametest\projects\src>type ..\..\cvsroot\checkoutlist # The "checkoutlist" file is used to support additional version controlled # administrative files in $CVSROOT/CVSROOT, such as template files. # # The first entry on a line is a filename which will be checked out from # the corresponding RCS file in the $CVSROOT/CVSROOT directory. # The remainder of the line is an error message to use if the file cannot # be checked out. # # File format: # # [<whitespace>]<filename><whitespace><error message><end-of-line> # # comment lines begin with '#' template.txt I:\renametest\projects\src>type ..\..\cvsroot\rcsinfo # The "rcsinfo" file is used to control templates with which the editor # is invoked on commit and import. # # The first entry on a line is a regular expression which is tested # against the directory that the change is being made to, relative to the # $CVSROOT. For the first match that is found, then the remainder of the # line is the name of the file that contains the template. # # If the repository name does not match any of the regular expressions in this # file, the "DEFAULT" line is used, if it is specified. DEFAULT D://myrepo//CVSROOT//template.txt I:\renametest\projects\src>type ..\..\cvsroot\template.txt CVS: this is a template I used an internal testing release that is essentially identical to 2.5.04.2967. Regards, Arthur