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Re: Problems with -f option and checkout

From: Larry Jones
Subject: Re: Problems with -f option and checkout
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2001 12:12:23 -0400 (EDT)

John McNamara writes:
> >If the tag doesn't exist at all, CVS assumes that you've made a mistake
> >and so doesn't do anything.  After all, if the tag doesn't exist at all,
> >why are you specifying it with -f instead of just checking out the head?
> So what is the intended function of the -f option?

My understanding is that the -f option was intended to deal with the
case where most of the files you're checking out/updating have the
specified tag, but a few (typically newly added) files do not.  It was,
as far as I know, never intended to be a convoluted way of checking out/
updating an entire set of files to the head revision.

-Larry Jones

Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere
in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. -- Calvin

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