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Re: reporting a possible bug with the -m'' option

From: Martin Neitzel
Subject: Re: reporting a possible bug with the -m'' option
Date: Sat, 31 May 2008 14:51:58 +0200 (CEST)

>       hostname % cvs ci -m'' myfile.m
>       hostname % cvs ci -m' ' myfile.m
> I suspect that I have run into a bug:  [...]

No, you've just run into a misunderstanding how your shell does
what's called "word formation".  In short,

        -m' '   will really take ' ' as message argument.
        -m''    is equal to   -m  and  myfile.m  will be the message
                argument, and so, since no file was spec'ed, the entire
                directory gets checked in.

You really would have needed to use
        -m ''
for an empty log message.  I recommend to review your shell's man page
w.r.t. to "quoting" and "word formation", it will probably help you to
get your daily work done better.

                                                        Martin Neitzel

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