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Re: sccs2rcs to perl

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: Re: sccs2rcs to perl
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2002 18:38:52 -0500 (EST)

[ On Thursday, March 7, 2002 at 18:06:22 (-0500), Michael Sterrett -Mr. Bones.- 
wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: sccs2rcs to perl
> All the Linux distributions I have access too include sccs2rcs as part
> of the CVS package because it is distributed as part of the CVS tar ball.
> Because of that, I consider it "part of CVS".

Unless you have SCCS files you wouldn't even know about it -- it's
hardly a "part of CVS", especially since it's explicitly only included
in the "contrib" sub-directory.

> Sorry, but I disagree.  There are already a number of perl scripts in the
> contrib directory so the package as a whole depends on perl already.

That's also irrelevant.

You need to consider that the things in the "contrib" subdirectory are
individual stand-alone things -- not related to each other (well, there
are some that are related to each other, but most are completly
independent), and only minimally related to CVS (sccs2rcs is only
related very indirectly in that the RCS files it creates can be used by

CVS itself, as a whole, does not depend on perl in any what whatsoever.

> I don't think you can argue that I've not reduced the number of
> dependencies for the CVS package.

The "contrib" things are not really a part of the CVS package -- they're
just a collection of things that were contributed but explicitly _not_
added to the package proper.

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