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Re: How did this file get into the Attic?

From: Eric Siegerman
Subject: Re: How did this file get into the Attic?
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 23:40:34 -0500
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On Tue, Mar 20, 2001 at 08:55:35PM -0600, R Bresner wrote:
> I've found some files in the Attic dirs without the "Dead"
> state I was suspecting. These files are from way back in 95,

You're right:
>       1. Older cvs's didn't mark it as 'dead', just Attic'd it[.]

(Before, CVS considered a file to be deleted if and only if its
,v file was in the attic.  Now, of course, it's the "dead"
revision that's authoritative; the attic is just a speed

Looks as though the dead-revision code first appeared in 1992:
> Fri Nov 27 20:12:48 1992  K. Richard Pixley  (address@hidden)
>           Added support for adding previously removed files, as well as
>           adding and removing files in branches.
> * commit.c [...] (remove_file): [...]
>           Remove files by committing dead revisions in the
>           appropriate branch.  When removing files from the trunk, also
>           move the RCS file into the Attic.

The ChangeLogs from back then don't show when releases were made,
but I'm pretty sure this was some time after 1.3.

Of course, your site may have been running such an ancient
version in 1995 or later; especially since no final 1.4 release
ever made it out -- only a couple of long-lived "alpha"s, which
your people may have decided to avoid in favour of older but
"more stable" code.


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