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Re: Correct options for export

From: Greg A. Woods
Subject: Re: Correct options for export
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 23:12:12 -0400 (EDT)

[ On Thursday, July 12, 2001 at 18:18:58 (-0700), Schwenk, Jeanie wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Correct options for export
> I've been following this never-ending thread and simply put, the storage of
> binary files is sometimes a necessity.

So?  Store them!  Just not in CVS if you want to avoid problems!

>  You can continue to be a zealot for
> purity but you're beating a dead horse. Just accept IT IS THE WAY IT IS
> because it is needed.

I never said handling of binary files isn't needed.  I'm just saying
that if you think CVS is the right tool to handle them then you're sadly
and sorely mistaken.  No amount of "need" will ever change that fact.

> When does software only get used in the intended way?  Or in the way one
> person or developer believes it should be?  I don't get to live in that
> world, never have, but I would sure like to have a few users like that here!
> It would simplify my life considerably.  Personally, I think in general
> that's how products improve.  Yes there are some exceptions to that as I'm
> sure I will be informed.  

Well, many people have already said they're using CVS happily in ways
that it was not intended to be used.

That's not the problem.

The problem is when other people hear about these uses and then try
unsuccessfully to mimic them without understanding the issues.  Then
they moan and complain that CVS is broken.  Well it's not.  Their uses
and their expectations are what's broken.  Then they get all upset that
they've been lead down the garden path by their misconceptions.  Well,
I'm sorry, but that's the way it is.  Like it or lump it.

> But in the end, if cvs didn't store binaries I would never have been able to
> convince the other engineers, developers or managers here that using cvs was
> a wise thing to do.  

See!  I told you!  ;-)

Perhaps CVS wasn't a wise thing for you to use.  Only time will tell if
your repository survives unscathed because its users are kept aware of
the limitations you've forced them to accept.

                                                        Greg A. Woods

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