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Re: Attic headaches.

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: Attic headaches.
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2001 15:02:53 -0400 (EDT)

Kaz Kylheku writes:
> When you are merging a file add from a branch to the main trunk,
> such that the version file will move out of the Attic, if there is
> some kind of commit failure, sometimes the move out of the Attic
> is not properly rolled back. So the working copy is left pointing
> to a nonexistent file in the repository. The solution is to
> go into the repository and move the file back into the Attic.

I don't understand what you mean by "the working copy is left pointing
to a nonexistent file in the repository" -- there isn't anything I know
of in a working directory that specifies whether a particular file is in
the Attic or not.

> What purpose does Attic really serve? What could CVS not do if Attic
> directories did not exist? If it doesn't add any capability to the
> software, maybe it should be removed.

The idea of the Attic is that for most operations (i.e., one on the
trunk), CVS doesn't need to look at files that are in the Attic, which,
if there are a lot of them, can save a significant amount of time.

-Larry Jones

Hmph. -- Calvin

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