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Re: Checkout by date failed: fata signal 11

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: Checkout by date failed: fata signal 11
Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2001 13:28:23 -0400 (EDT)

Steven Rosenstein writes:
> I don't think that normal CVS
> file headers and trailers work well in .gif (or any other binary) files. :-)

You think wrong.  The RCS file format was carefully designed to allow it
to contain *any* data.  Lots of people have been storing binary files in
RCS and CVS for a long time quite successfully.

> The file is probably corrupt, and the header may very well be incomplete, 
> which
> would cause the problems you are seeing.

Corrupt inplies that it was OK at one time and then got damaged, but I
don't think that's what happened; I think it never got completely
created in the first place.  The crash has already been fixed in the
current development version of CVS (it now reports "no head revision"),
but I'd be very interested in knowing how the file got created in that
state if you can track it down.

-Larry Jones

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