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From: Eric Siegerman <address@hidden>
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On Thu, Feb 15, 2001 at 01:43:32PM -0600, address@hidden wrote:
> > ["cvs add --new" wanted because "cvs import" doesn't insert metadata]
> It seems that what is being asked for is a CVS command to convert a 
> regular directory into a cvs workspace directory so that it isn't 
> necessary to do an initial checkout. But in virtually every situation 
> (there may be an occasional exception), everyone that is working on a 
> project needs their own workspace directory.  So, everybody for the most 
> part has to do a checkout anyway.

If it's a one-person project (including local mods to downloaded
open-source code), the savings would be rather greater -- nearly
50% of the effort of CVSifying a package.

I also resented at first that I had to go through this extra
step.  But I came to appreciate it:
  - It's comforting to know that "import" is a read-only
    operation as far as the original directory is concerned; you
    don't have to back it up first
  - It's possible to diff the original directory with the new
    sandbox to make sure nothing went wrong with the import

The one thing that would be useful, IMO, would be a way to create
a top-level directory in the repository.  The trick of doing a
"-l" checkout of the root directory is a kludge.


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