Review Board supports posting and reviewing code on CVS repositories. All standard CVS repository configurations can be used.
To simplify posting changes to Review Board, we recommend using RBTools. This ensures that the diffs are in the correct format and makes managing review requests much easier. See Using RBTools with CVS for more information.
This guide assumes that you’re adding a CVS repository that’s hosted somewhere in your network or one that’s accessible by your Review Board server. Review Board requires local or network access to your repository.
Follow the documentation in the links below if your CVS repository is hosted on one of these services, as configuration may differ.
Installing CVS Support¶
Before you add the repository, you will need to install the cvs command line tool in a system path (or in a place accessible by your web server’s process). This can be installed through your system’s package manager.
See the installation guide for CVS.
Adding the Repository¶
To configure a CVS repository, first proceed to add the repository and select CVS from the Repository type field.
You will see a Path field, which should contain the CVSROOT for your repository. This can use any of the following CVS connection methods:
- Credential-Based CVSROOTs:
- SSH-Based CVSROOTs:
- Local CVSROOTs:
Determining Your CVSROOT¶
To determine the CVSROOT of an existing checkout, you can go to the top-most directory of the checkout and type:
$ cat CVS/Root
This will show the CVSROOT used for your repository. You can use the value as-is, or modify it to suit your needs. See below for more details.
If you’re using
:kserver:, you’re going
to need to specify credentials (a username and password) for your repository.
You can specify these credentials either in the Path field or in
the Username and Password fields.
Credentials specified in Username and Password will
only be used if using
connection methods, and if the credentials aren’t already provided in
Specify the credentials outside of the CVSROOT, if possible. This will allow RBTools or other clients to locate your repository by CVSROOT, which may not be possible if it contains a username or password.
If you’re using
:ssh:, you will need to
configure a SSH key in Review Board, and grant access on
the repository. You will also need the specify the username, either in the
CVSROOT or in the Username field. The Password field
must be blank.
:server: connection method should not be used, as it makes use of
an internal SSH client that will not see your configured Review Board SSH
key. It’s also not supported by all CVS implementations.
If your repository has an alternative
:pserver: (or other) CVSROOT that
people can use, you may want to specify it in the Mirror path
field. This is used only for path matching when looking up repositories.
If your repository lives on the same machine as Review Board, you can refer to
it by local path using
You should specify the CVSROOT that users connecting to your server would use in the Mirror path field. This is used only for path matching when looking up repositories.