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Re: `cvs add -m' in server mode

From: Derek Robert Price
Subject: Re: `cvs add -m' in server mode
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 14:20:47 -0400
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Mark D. Baushke wrote:

Derek Robert Price <derek@ximbiot.com> writes:
Does anyone have any strong feelings about me storing the file
description message from 'cvs add -m' in the timestamp field in the
CVS/Entries file after a `+' sign, like the conflict timestamp would
have been stored?  I'll have to encode the string to hide EOL & '/'s,
of course.

I have no strong feelings about it.
However, given both the client and the server will need to agree on
the meaning of the text for it to actually use the data, I would have
thought introduction of another client/server primitive for setting
the description of a controlled file might be the right way to do it.

Actually, this is exactly why I decided to do it this way. I don't need a new primitive since the client sends the Entry to the server without interpreting it. When the client does need to interpret it, it will (hopefully) ignore anything after the `+' since it parses it as the ts_conflict field and then will ignore it since it has a rev `0' which it knows is a new file.

If I'm correct, in other words, fixing this this way will allow the client/server problem to be fixed on the server side without upgrading clients.

This could even lead to the extension of the 'cvs admin' command to
update a description for a given file which would be a nice way to
go back and describe all of the other files that have been missed for
current client/server cvs users.

If I understand what you are suggesting, `cvs admin' already does this when passed the `-t' option, in local or client/server mode.

This would make RCS description field messages added with `add -m
<desc>' work in client/server mode.

That would be nice.


I'm about half-way to a prototype.  For some reason the add works but
then CVS exits with the wrong exit code but no error messages.  I'm
working on getting ot the bottom of that.



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