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Re: [Arx-users] How does tag work?

From: Kevin Smith
Subject: Re: [Arx-users] How does tag work?
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 20:06:36 -0500
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Walter Landry wrote:
Kevin Smith <address@hidden> wrote:

address@hidden waldron $ arx commit -s "After initial week"
Problems with a filesystem call

Hmm.  That is odd.  It would be good to know how you got into that
situation.  Do you have a shell history that shows how you got there?

Sorry, no. That tree has been through a lot of pain over the last couple days, and my shell history is fairly short.

Doh! Apparently I'm not allowed to delete that silly ,, file that I never wanted in the first place.

Actually, if you had deleted it with "arx rm", or used "rm" before the
"init-tree", then it would have worked fine.  The problem is that the
init-tree "add"ed it.

Well, it was init-tree that created it (without my consent). At a minimum, init-tree should probably spit out a message like "I just created ,,2004293523742983 which you can use to enter a log message for the next checkin. If you prefer to use -s, use arx rm ,,200423598234 to get rid of the file.

Well, that's too verbose, but for anyone not already immersed in the arch/arx world, it's all very odd. I would prefer that it not create the file by default. I would have expected add to ignore ,, files.

Hmm.  I had forgotten how annoying CVS is.  Tags in CVS are used in
different ways than in ArX.  In CVS, they are the only way to mark a
particular tree-state.  Such a facility is not needed as much in ArX,
since every tree state can be retrieved easily.  Tags in ArX are used
when you want to have a separate branch that marks only major changes.
I believe that is explained in the manual in section 5.9.1.

Not exactly. Section 5.9.1 describes how to use arx tags as kind of a "promotion" workflow, from sandbox to testing to stable. For my own use, I'm more interested in "tagging" releases with a marketing version number such as 0.1 or 2.5. How can I do that with arx?

However, I am planning to coalesce the functionality of tag and config
into a single command (fixing bug #10297).

Hm. If anything, I would have expected tag to just become a subset of branch. Eclipse's cvs plugin is cool that way--when you tag "1.0" it automatically becomes a branch at the same time.

Essentially, tag would
reduce to the trivial case of a configuration where you only have the
main project.  In that case, I might use a completely different
command, like "aka", "group", "mark", "consolidate", "combine",
"symlink", "pseudonym", or something else (my favorite right now is

Hm. Tagging (e.g. "0.1") seems like a pretty fundamental operation to me. Assuming there is an easy way to do that, I'm not sure why it would need to be lumped in with a complex feature like config.

Just my outsider perspective...

Thanks again,


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