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Re: Wins1.2 tag problems - Why not allow period?

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: Wins1.2 tag problems - Why not allow period?
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 11:46:36 -0400 (EDT)

Paul Braman writes:
> Most of the historical (hysterical?) reasons I was aware of was
> because CVS *used* RCS to maintain it's archives.  Now that the RCS
> functionality is built directly into CVS we have carte blanche to
> change it.  (Don't we?)

No.  There are lots of really good reasons to keep the CVS file storage
format compatible with RCS.

> I'm just really tired of not being able to tag release 1.2 with, ummm,
> "release-1.2".  What really irks me is that someone out there is
> *trying* to make dots in tags special and take away all last hope of
> ever changing it.  Stop it!  :)

What you need to understand is that in RCS, "release-1.2" is a perfectly
valid revision spec that means revision number 2 on the branch with the
symbolic name release-1.  Although CVS has never implemented such
revision specs, it honors the RCS restriction to avoid creating files
that aren't accessible with RCS, and that's a good thing.

-Larry Jones

Somebody's always running my life.  I never get to do what I want to do.
-- Calvin

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