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Re: cvs update; merge

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: cvs update; merge
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 14:52:59 -0400 (EDT)

Jimm Grimm writes:
>       I updated my cvswrappers file to look like:
> *.* -k 'b'
> * -k 'b'
> *.txt -m MERGE
> But this doesn't seem to do any good.  In cvs.pdf, it says the -m option is
> for non-binary files, so I guess I shouldn't expect this to work.

Although it doesn't say so in the manual, I'm pretty sure the wrappers
file is scanned in order and the first matching line is used, so you
need to put more specific patterns before more general patterns.  Try
changing your cvswappers file to:

        * -k 'b'

and see if that doesn't work better.  (Note that "-m MERGE" is the
default, so you don't really have to specify it; and that "*" will match
any filename, including ones that match "*.*", so there's no need for

>       What do you suggest I do?  We make lots of binary files (test
> vectors) with all sorts of extensions, and have both win32 and linux
> platforms.  It is impossible to predict what extensions will be binary or
> what machines they will be on, but we sure don't want any to get messed up
> if they are mistaken for ASCII.  At the same time, we do want to be able to
> merge ASCII source code.

I suggest you reexamine your choice of tools.  CVS is not designed to
handle binary files and really doesn't do it very well.

>       Is there any way to get CVS to ignore CRLF conversions, yet still do
> merges?


-Larry Jones

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