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Re: [patch #4809] Tag extension for builtin tags

From: Derek R. Price
Subject: Re: [patch #4809] Tag extension for builtin tags
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 10:11:33 -0500
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Frank Hemer wrote:

This actually is the way it works. Except for that it is also possible to use the branch number. You cannot run '.root' on a whole project - this is what the doc says related to absolute/relative tagging. You need an absolute starting point in this case, which would be provided by specifying 'BRANCH.root'.

Okay. I guess I didn't scan the function correctly. It looked like it was resolving the revision based on the revision number rather than a tag, but perhaps I only looked at the function that resolved 1.3.2 or into 1.3 and tags were resolved and verified to be branches by its caller. I'll try and make time to take a closer look later.

Hmm, '.origin' resolves to the very first revision. It doesn't matter if MYBRANCH is a subbranch. If you start with 1.1, do some commits, create YOURBRANCH, do some commits, create MYBRANCH and do some commits, it will resolve to 1.1. If any of the intermediate branches have no commits it doesn't matter. If a file is separately added on trunk and a different version on a branch, its x.x.2.1 version will be dead - created by cvs. In this case calling '.origin' on the x.x.0.2 branch will resolve to x.x.2.2 as this is the very first version on the x.x.0.2 branch. I will have to fix 'MYBRANCH.origin' as it currently resolves to /dev/null if there are no commits on MYBRANCH. This only applies to the branch where '.origin' is called on, all intermediate branches are handled correctly.

Well, like I said, I still don't really understand the need for .origin in the first place. Could you provide a use case that demonstrates the need for .origin?

I was just worried about this sort of case resolving correctly, but I may not have read the code deeply enough, as with my .root error above:


Since I though that only the revision numbers were being used to resolve something like .origin, I was wondering what SUBBRANCH.origin would resolve to with no commits to SUBBRANCH. Since SUBBRANCH resolved to, I thought resolving it numerically might resolve to, which is incorrect for SUBBRANCH, and suggesting that if SUBBRANCH was resolved to its magic branch number, first, you should be able to consitently resolve SUBBRANCH.origin to either the first commit on SUBBRANCH or to /dev/null. This was partially in response to an old email where you said that none of the new operators would work on multiple files, but only on a single file at a time and it seemed to me that .root and .origin should both at least make minimal sense when applied to a whole project.

Of course, I need to make time to look more closely at your patch. This misunderstanding is almost certainly my own failing.



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