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Re: Can't cvs remove in sandbox for read-only repository?

From: Todd Denniston
Subject: Re: Can't cvs remove in sandbox for read-only repository?
Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2008 16:05:47 -0400
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Nelson Bolyard wrote, On 04/04/2008 03:36 PM:
I'm developing a patch for a set of source files in a repository to which I have only read access. I intend for my patch to remove two
source files from that repository on that branch.  If I can "cvs remove"
those source files, the "cvs diff -N" will generate a patch that shows
that I am removing the files.  Otherwise, cvs diff will complain that
the files are missing from my sandbox. But when I try to "cvs remove" those files from my sandbox, cvs 1-11-22 tells me that I cannot cvs remove the files because I do not have write access. Although I have used cvs for over a decade, I rarely use read-only repositories, so I was surprised by this result.

Now, given that cvs remove does not actually make ANY changes to the repository, and only marks the file to-be-removed in my local CVS/Entries file, why should cvs remove deny me the action of marking the file as to-be-removed in my own sandbox? I haven't tried it, but does "cvs add" do the same thing?

Unfortunately Yes.

given that cvs add merely marks the file in my CVS/Entries files as to-be-added, and the add does not happen until a commit, why should
CVS deny me the operation to mark a file as to-be-added in my local

Also, I can accomplish the same things that "cvs remove" does by hand enditing my own CVS/Entries file (IINM),

Been there done that, it works. (at least for add)

so it makes even less
sense for the cvs program to deny doing for me what I can do for myself, less conveniently.

In summary, the question is: Is there any good reason for cvs to behave this way?
History. :(

Or is this just a bug?

Sort of (I don't think it is in the bug system at http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/cvs/ ).

But we have all been to lazy^H^H^H^H^H busy to implement:

Todd Denniston
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane)
Harnessing the Power of Technology for the Warfighter

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