The notify file is called whenever a watched file is changed during commit, edit or unedit. See also the section called “Mechanisms to track who is editing files” for more details.

In addition to the formatting strings in the common syntax, the following formatting strings are available:


Message supplied by user.


Bug identifier


Directory name relative to current root


User being notified


Tag or branch of file being notified


Type of notification


File being notified about

By default the notify file has a string designed to be compatible with older versions of cvs passed in its standard input:

%<< %p %f
Triggered %y watch on %r
By %u