I dont think I should describe excatly how to do it, but here are a few ideas. If you run a normal cvs pserver in your inetd.conf as root you have normally a CVSROOT/passwd. regardless if this file is readable or not or exists (or not) and you spend hours how to set permissions in CVSROOT it _is_ possible to put CVSROOT/passwd under CVS control. (Sometimes its a bit trick and you have only one single shoot and the repository locks up, but it _is_ possible) Then you edit the CVSROOT/passwd and cast your login to a login of your desire (eg. root) and send yourself an xterm with a normal CVS notification. nice!