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Re: Request for comments on 'Extending CVS withoffline/disconnected oper

From: Derek Robert Price
Subject: Re: Request for comments on 'Extending CVS withoffline/disconnected operations'
Date: Thu, 29 May 2003 12:00:39 -0400
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Sorry for the delayed response.  I've been busy.

Tamas Nagy wrote:

Please have a look at and comment the following proposal at
http://mypage.bluewin.ch/kde3-debian/cvs-delta/cvs-offline.txt ...
1.) What's your opinion about the proposed operations/syntax?

This is an interesting approach. I've thought for awhile that CVS should be extended to allow many operations to happen offline when necessary. After all, laptops are still much more common than wireless internet access. Especially add/remove and diff against the base revision. All that should be necessary for diff would be storing the base revision in CVS/Base like `cvs edit' already does and then some special casing.

2.) Do you believe CVS could be naturally extended this way, or should
be dropped in favor of other versioning tool?

Like I said, I've been keeping some of this in the back of my mind for some time but have never found the time to implement it.

3.) Could any popular CVS client-app could be easily extended to support
these 'offline operations'?

Diff & add/remove could for sure. `cvs up -C' too, using the Base revision as I mentioned for diff. I'm not sure why you bother with the merge operation. If `cvs diff' works, you should just be able to run the result through patch.

4.) Do you see any conceptual problem with the proposed operations?

Nope.  Not as I understand them.

5.) Would you consider to use/implement offline operations or an
e-mail-based cvs transport protocol in a CVS client app?

I think I would write a wrapper script around CVS calls for any email-based transport. The rest of it I'd like to see implemented, but I don't have time right now to do it myself. If anyone submitted fairly complete patches, I'd be happy to review and maybe commit them.

6.) ...

Thanks and really appreciate your time and opinion in advance, Tamas

Hope that was useful. Please send further direct inquiries to the <bug-cvs@gnu.org> mailing list and not directly to me unless I've already joined the discussion. If I've joined the discussion, feel free to continue cc'ing me.



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