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Re: checkout ontop of otherwise installed source

From: Brian Hughes
Subject: Re: checkout ontop of otherwise installed source
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2001 15:56:58 -0500

At 02:26 PM 3/9/2001 -0500, you wrote:
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.

Well... suppose that digging out from the snowstorm here north of Boston on Monday is just not causing me the requisite amount of suffering... Can you give me an example of what will probably go wrong?

And thank you for your answer!


> 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.

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