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Re: Editing author names in RCS files

From: Mark D. Baushke
Subject: Re: Editing author names in RCS files
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2004 14:56:57 -0800

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[E-mail forwarded to bug-cvs@gnu.org for discussion on
a request that originated on the info-cvs@gnu.or list.]

The CVS command does support some long-named options, 
but the 'cvs admin' sub-command does not.

It might be possible to add an option like:

  cvs admin -Xauthor:oldauthor=newauthor[:rev]

to deal with this particular situation.

As to your suggestion that many other people will want
it occasionally, I would have expected to see hacks or
requests for it published for RCS or CVS previously if
that were the case.  However, the request from Sylvain
was the first I had ever seen requesting such a change
in the RCS ,v files.

There is also a case to be made that being able to
trivially alter the author field reduces the ability
to understand who has really committed a given change
to the source repository.

I would like to hear discussion on the desirability
of a patch to cvs before considering adoption of it.

        -- Mark

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From: Richard Stallman <rms@gnu.org>
To: "Mark D. Baushke" <mdb@cvshome.org>
CC: beuc@beuc.net
In-reply-to: <76801.1102438738@juniper.net> (mdb@cvshome.org)
Subject: Re: Editing author names in RCS files
Reply-to: rms@gnu.org
References: <20041206215246.GD2182@dink.localdomain> 
<21267.1102380476@juniper.net> <20041207062536.GB2556@dink.localdomain> 
Message-Id: <E1CcA5y-0006Bx-3U@fencepost.gnu.org>
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2004 17:15:38 -0500

I think it would be a good idea to add this feature to CVS.  Surely
many other people will want it occasionally.  But I'd suggest giving
it a long-named option instead of a short one, since it will not be
used frequently.

Does CVS support long-named options?

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