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Re: Editing author names in RCS files

From: Derek Robert Price
Subject: Re: Editing author names in RCS files
Date: Thu, 09 Dec 2004 01:11:15 -0500
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Hrm.  There are valid reasons why an admin might want to rewrite the
author field in an RCS archive.  Of course, such a hypothetical admin
might also very well figure out how to do that easily with shell
access to the repository and `sed'.

There are also valid reasons for not wanting a user to be able to do
so, but the cvsadmin group would probably be sufficient protection
against that.

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

is somewhat redundant since inclusion of REV would respecify
OLDAUTHOR.  Perhaps two formats could be accepted:

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

or similar?

Regardless, I'm ambivalent.


Mark D. Baushke wrote:

> [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
> ------- Forwarded Message
> 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> <76801.1102438738@juniper.net>
> 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?
> ------- End of Forwarded Message

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