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Re: remove/add question

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: remove/add question
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2001 23:57:33 -0400 (EDT)

David Taylor writes:
> Larry Jones wrote:
> > Michael Thiele writes:
> > >
> > > you can remove the entry in the file "CVS/Entries".
> >
> > But that would be wrong.
> Why?
> It's certainly not the prescribed solution, but is it harmful (other
> than the risk of editing error)?

Because there's a convenient, documented way to achieve the desired
results that *isn't* susceptible to editing error.  And because hand-
editing internal files is a very bad habit to get into.

> What else does a "cvs remove" do other than removing the entry in
> CVS/Entries?

"cvs remove" does *not* remove the entry in CVS/Entries, it merely marks
it for deletion.  It's the commit that removes it (after updating the

> What about other admin files in the working directory? I need to move
> the repository to a new host. If someone has a CVS/Root that points to
> the old hostname (instead of the DNS alias for that host, as
> prescribed), is it safe to simply "echo correctName > CVS/Root" to avoid
> checking out again?

That is safe, and CVS doesn't provide the facility itself, so it's also
(one of) the recommended method(s).

-Larry Jones

Life's a lot more fun when you're not responsible for your actions. -- Calvin

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