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Re: checkout ontop of otherwise installed source

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: checkout ontop of otherwise installed source
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2001 14:26:13 -0500 (EST)

Brian Hughes writes:
> If I have installed something from a tarball (it's a web app, a bunch of 
> php mostly) and then I do a checkout ontop of it, will CVS work right?

Maybe.  Sort-of.  Sometimes.  In other words, no.

> The context is I am envisaging distributing something as a tarball, and 
> then later those who like the app and wanted to develop it would get a CVS 
> account and do the checkout into the same directory tree as they created 
> with the tarball.

If you're going to allow anonymous CVS access, the best way to do this
is to have the tarball be an anonymously checked-out working directory
complete with metadata in CVS subdirectories.  If you're not going to
allow anonymous access, then it's probably best to make interested
people do a full checkout in a new directory rather than trying to
overlay an existing directory of unknown provenance.

-Larry Jones

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