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Re: "cvs [commit aborted]: cannot commit files as 'root'"

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: Re: "cvs [commit aborted]: cannot commit files as 'root'"
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2001 02:52:11 -0400 (EDT)

[ On Monday, July 9, 2001 at 01:03:36 (-0400), Lenny Foner wrote: ]
> Subject: "cvs [commit aborted]: cannot commit files as 'root'"
> And with that, I'm outta here.  I'd be happy to suggest ways to
> implement this idea, and to discuss the engineering trade-offs made
> in implementing it.  I'd even be happy to spend some effort on some
> patches, although I'm not necessarily volunteering to do -all- of the
> work.  However, I will -not- respond to yet another scream from Greg
> saying, "You must not do that!"  Life is too short.  If no one else
> thinks that this is an idea worth pursuing, or if everyone else is so
> cowed by the thought of having Greg yell at them for days that they're
> unwilling to start, or if I'm told that no such patch will be accepted
> to CVS, then it will die here.

I won't be the one screaming about the problems you introduce by
arbitrarily changing output of CVS.  The authors of all the front ends
that try to parse its output will do the complaining.  Been there, done

CVS is now a widely used legacy program that's integrated with in some
very strange and wonderful other tools.  You have to do a lot of
analysis and verification of a lot of other tools, and present concrete
plans and propsals for public examination, before you go barging in and
changing the way it behaves, even if all you're doing is changing some
error message text.

                                                        Greg A. Woods

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