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Re: Correct options for export

From: Eric Siegerman
Subject: Re: Correct options for export
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 18:11:46 -0400
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On Thu, Jul 12, 2001 at 05:09:03PM -0400, Greg A. Woods wrote:
> [ On Thursday, July 12, 2001 at 21:52:42 (+0200), Ingolf Steinbach wrote: ]
> The problem is that you can't turn off the features in CVS that are hard
> (impossible) to use once you've added binary files to a repository.

What specifically are those features?

> This means that by definition you are in fact opening a vast can of
> hungry worms with sharp teeth for any future users of your repository
> whenever you introduce binary files to your CVS repository.

The two worms I can think of are:
  - The -kb mechanism is fragile, and when it breaks, the file
    gets corrupted.  Well, that's what this thread is about

  - No reserved checkouts.  That's clearly a problem for
    unmergeable files (whether binary or the weird text formats
    generated by some tools).

    Please remind us why adding this capabilty to CVS -- BUT NOT
    FORCING PEOPLE TO USE IT ON TEXT FILES -- would be so evil.

    (Yes, I did an archive search.  I was swamped by messages
    where you assert that it's evil; the one or two where you
    might have justified that assertion are lost in the

Are there other problems besides these two?


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